Erdogan couldn’t be clearer in signaling what is coming, and it should be clear to everyone, but isn’t: in February 2018he declared his desire to reconquer the lands the Ottoman caliphate once ruled:

“Those who think that we have erased from our hearts the lands from which we withdrew in tears a hundred years ago are wrong. We say at every opportunity we have that Syria, Iraq and other places in the geography [map] in our hearts are no different from our own homeland. We are struggling so that a foreign flag will not be waved anywhere where adhan [Islamic call to prayer in mosques] is recited. The things we have done so far [pale in comparison to the] even greater attempts and attacks [we are planning for] the coming days, inshallah [Allah willing].”

“Erdogan brings up legacy of conquest during mosque opening,” Ekathimerini, June 4, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke of the Turkish legacy of conquest and the conversion of the Hagia Sophia during a mosque opening in the city of Zonguldak on Friday.

“We maintained these lands and made them our homeland with our blood, our flag, and the sound of prayer from the mosques. This is why the re-opening of the Hagia Sophia as a mosque is important, as it is a legacy of conquest,”

stated the Turkish president.

Erdogan also promised the construction of mosques all over Turkey.


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