CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 1, 2016 – Islam continues its march across the West, threatening the secular culture in Western countries.
Following the recent coup attempt in Turkey, an estimated 50,000 supporters of Turkish President Erdogan marched in Cologne, Germany. With its famous cathedral in the background the massive Islamist crowd chanted “Allahu Akbar” and held up signs proclaiming that “Erdogan is a human rights activist.”
The coup attempt reportedly was organized by secular generals in the army, long viewed as the protectors of democracy in Turkey. These generals accused Erdogan of interfering with the democratic process and of Islamising of the country. Some observers speculated it might have been “staged” in order to allow the president to consolidate his power and control over the country.
According to reports, the German Federal Constitutional Court banned the live telecast of President Erdogan’s speech at the rally. Though some Germans were irate about the massive gathering of Islamists, security was heavy, with snipers visibly positioned on rooftops. Bulletproof cars were also close by to evacuate speakers in the event of an uprising.
With the steady increase in Muslim immigrants filtering into Germany, Turks make up the largest ethnic minority in the country with more than a million and a half people.
The coup resulted from factions claiming that the president was interfering with the democratic policies of Turkey while he is in the process of Islamisizing the country.
Turkey transformed into a modern secular nation-state during World War I under a military officer named Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, Ataturk set up a provisional government in Ankara and was eventually victorious in the Turkish War of Independence.
He then embarked on a political, economic and cultural program of reform that completely changed the country. His changes were so dramatic that the surname “Ataturk,” which means “Father of the Turks,” was granted to him by the Turkish parliament with the provision that no other person could have that name.
Today, with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in power as president, Turkey is slowly reverting to its Islamic heritage, and, since it is geographically positioned as a crossroads between East and West, the metamorphosis is dramatic with major ramifications.
Thus, with the influx of Muslim influence in Western Europe, especially Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, rallies such as the one over the weekend in Cologne are becoming increasingly unsettling.
Add in the abundance of terrorist attacks in recent months combined with the refusal of Islamic immigrants to assimilate into their new societies and the threats for terror grow exponentially.
Germany has suffered four significant attacks in the last two weeks. One, which was largely overlooked in the American press, was on a pregnant woman who was literally hacked to death on a street by a so-called Syrian refugee.
The magnitude of the demonstration in Cologne alone should be ample warning to Germany and other Western nations that the cancer of Islam is growing.
At long last the French appear to have been aroused from a deep sleep, but Merkel still governs Germany and Mr. Obama will remain in office until early 2017.
Much can happen between now and then.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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