(December 18, 2018 / Gatestone Institute)
- Turkey’s Strategic Research Center for Defenders of Justice is planning to organize an “International Islamic Union Congress” every year until 2023 to address the “Islamic confederal state” it aims to establish across the Muslim world.
- “Go to Syria, Iraq, North Africa, the Middle East or the Balkans, and ask the people there what they think of Turkey and Turks. You will never hear words such as colonialism, invasion, persecution or massacre. Instead, you will hear expressions of thanks that have become a symbol, such as, ‘The loyal Turk was here.’ … Yes, it has been a century since we left those lands but the waiting and the hope of the people there has never ended. … You know I say, ‘The world is bigger than five’ [referring to the five permanent member states of the U.N. Security Council]. And Turkey is bigger than Turkey; just know this. We cannot be trapped inside 780,000 kilometers [Turkey’s total area].” — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Nov. 10, 2016.
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