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The Washington Post on Tuesday allowed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, one of the world’s leading authoritarian jailers of journalists, to write an op-ed about the Christchurch shooting.
In the piece, Erdogan praised Turkey’s ostensible hospitality to minority groups and railed against widespread “Islamophobia” in the Western world.
Erdogan - Thesis - Christchurch - Killer - Islamic
Erdogan’s thesis was that the Christchurch killer is exactly the same as the Islamic State – an anodyne observation in the sense that both used violence to achieve their fanatic political ends, but utterly absurd when considering the size and influence of ISIS versus the homicidal maniac in New Zealand.
Western media seems oddly reluctant to label Christchurch killer Brenton Harrison Tarrant a “lone wolf” the way they always refer to ISIS terrorists in Western countries, even when they work in groups, but at this stage of the investigation he appears to be a much better example of the concept. The Islamic State carved a (happily short-lived) terror state from conquered territory in two separate nations, recruited tens of thousands of foreign soldiers into its army, and inspired terrorist attacks around the world. The differences between ISIS and Tarrant are profound, although a cynic might note they share an enthusiasm for attacking mosques.
Credentials - Enemy - Terrorism - Denouncing - Tarrant
After touting his credentials as an enemy of terrorism and denouncing Tarrant for attempting to loop Christianity into his twisted ideology the same way ISIS claims Islamic authority, Erdogan got down to business and blamed Western “Islamophobia and xenophobia” for motivating the killer:
After attacks by the Islamic State, there was no shortage of Western politicians and commentators blaming the most deplorable acts of terrorism on Islam and Muslims — people whose opinions are very much aligned with the Australian senator Fraser Anning. At the time, we objected to the association of our faith with terrorism, and pledged to disallow any attempt by terrorists...
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