Famed PLO terrorist-turned-Christian Walid Shoebat is warning that the United States needs to be watching not Iran, Syria or even Hamas and Hezbollah as closely as it needs to follow the actions of the Islamic leaders of Turkey.
It was just a few months ago when Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin reported Turkey appeared to be seeking the restoration of the old Ottoman Empire.
Turkey’s Tayyip Recep Erdogan
The report said Turkey’s increasing lack of interest in the European Union combined with its efforts to re-establish its influence in Turkic countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and its outreaches to Russian, Syria and Iran are cause for concern.
At the time, the shift by Tayyip Recep Erdogan, Turkey’s leader, from West to East was obvious, because Turkey announced it was cutting Israel out of annual military exercises involving NATO forces while it sought out military exercises with Syria.
Now Shoebat, the grandson of the Muslim Mukhtar of Beit Sahour-Bethlehem and a friend of Haj-Ameen Al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem and notorious friend of Adolf Hitler, is worried about what Turkey is saying and doing.
As a young man, Shoebat was part of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel. After moving to the U.S., he worked for the Arab Student Organization at Loop College in Chicago and continued his anti-Israel activities. In 1993, Walid studied the Tanach (Jewish Bible) in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam, finishing up by changing sides.
“Turkey is the biggest threat,” he told WND in an interview. “Turkey is the strongest military power in the region, and it’s the second largest army in NATO. The statements coming out of Turkey should be of great concern to Americans.”
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“Erdogan is saying 1.5 billion Muslims are waiting for the Turkish government to arise. This is pretty scary. Turkey rules only 70 million people so why are they talking about 1.5 billion Muslims?” continued Shoebat, who has written “For God or For Tyranny: When Nations Deny God’s Natural Law” as well as “God’s War on Terror.”
About 98 percent of Turkey’s estimated 74 million people are Muslim.
“Erdogan has made the statements, and he’s impacting a youth movement in Turkey that is calling for the glory days of the Turkish rule through the Caliphate. Let’s not forget the history,” he said.
Ex-PLO member Walid Shoebat on Fox News
“It was Turkey that lost the power of Islam when the Caliphate was dismantled and Shariah law was no longer the law of the land,” Shoebat said.
At the end of World War I, Mustafa Kemal, who became Kemal Ataturk, dissolved the Ottoman Empire and moved to form a secular Turkish state.
“The youth movement believes that Turkey is the hub from which Islam must rise again,” Shoebat said. “We need to look at Turkish activities to see the danger.
“It is the political agenda of these [Islamic] governments that we need to be aware of and not just the military apparatuses,” Shoebat said.
He said the creation of the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood – and all the terror it sponsors – was spawned by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
“In 1924, the Caliphate was dismantled by the West, and this is why Muslims hate the West. Americans don’t understand why Muslims hate us so much. In 1928, four years later, the Muslim Brotherhood was born. This is the umbrella of all the Muslim terrorist organizations,” he said.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is the mother, and it was established four years after the dissolution of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. This really answers the whole question when people ask about the roots of Islamic terrorism,” he said.
“They ask if it’s because we invaded Iraq or because Israel occupies their territory. That’s not true, because in 1928, there was no occupation of Iraq, and there was no occupation of ‘Palestine.’ This Islamic movement has never ceased to attempt to establish a Shariah hegemony in that region,” he said.
So what’s going on at this point?
“So we see now the metastasizing of the Muslim Brotherhood into all parts of the Muslim world from Algeria to Syria to Lebanon to Egypt everywhere, even in the United States of America,” Shoebat said.
“All the Islamic organizations in the United States of America, no exception, are branches of the Muslim Brotherhood and they have made their declarations of their plans publicly. So, we have ample evidence to recognize that this is an old threat, this is an old war,” he said.
A recent crisis confronted Turkey when a number of top army commanders were arrested after being accused of plotting to bomb mosques and overthrow the “increasingly Islamic-oriented” government.
The army commanders reportedly feared a growing fundamental Islamic influence across the country.
Shoebat also warned it is dangerous for freedom-loving interests to announce a date for a coalition pullout of Iraq.
“If we create that vacuum, and in the Middle East vacuums are always filled up, this vacuum, I guarantee you, will be filled by Iran. They see the writing on the wall that America is going to pull out. ‘Just be patient and lay low. We move in and we take that country in the future,’” Shoebat said.
He said if that happens, Islamic interests will have the region “all the way to the border of Israel.”
“Iran is definitely working on a nuclear weapon and we definitely need to have a presence in the region to keep Iran at bay,” Shoebat said.
There have been reports of increasing Shariah-related violence within Turkey. Agence France-Presse reported just weeks ago how a 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in a gruesome honor killing just because she reportedly befriended boys.
Police reported finding the body of Medine Memi in a hole outside her house in Kahta about six weeks after she disappeared. Authorities reported her father and grandfather were arrested.
Shoebat now lives in the U.S. with his family, but keeps his location secret for protection. He’s spoken at Harvard, Columbia, Concordia, UCLA, USC, the University of Georgia, Washington University, Penn State and other universities. Media outlets worldwide have reported on his life’s work.