The recent terrorist attacks in France have not only impacted the European nation but have disturbed the entire world. The reason is the outrage by the Islamic nations against the stand taken by the French President Emmanuel Macron. The president has taken a stern measure against the extremists and has ordered strict actions against anyone who violates the rules and dares to take the law into their hands. In the process, President Macron also showcased the cartoons by the famous Charlie Hebdo.
And it is this act by the French President that irked the Islamists across the world. As per them, the cartoons by Charlie Hebdo are derogatory and malign the image of Prophet Mohammed. And as the cartoons insult Islam, these Islamists would go to any level to revenge so that they can protect and restore respect against their religion.
Turkey, in its efforts to become the leader of the Ummah, has come forward to lead this war against the disbelievers. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called his French counterpart “someone who has lost his mind and needs treatment”. Turkey also started the campaign ‘Boycott France’. President Erdogan asked each and every Muslim across the world to boycott French goods.
As expected, Turkey’s stand was immediately endorsed by Pakistan and Malaysia. While Pakistan PM Imran Khan asked to bring a referendum against France, Malaysian former PM Mahathir Bin Mohamad said that the Muslims deserve to kill every French in this world.
Clearly, Turkey is trying to project itself as the leader of Muslims and asks its fellow nations to echo his voices. Also, as France had opposed Turkey on its invasive stand against Greece in the Mediterranean Sea, President Erdogan is adamant about taking revenge from France. Apparently, Turkey has discovered a huge stock of natural gas in the Mediterranean and Greece has also put its claim on the same.
On the other hand, Turkey is fueling Azerbaijan in its war against Armenia. Turkey is supplying arms and ammunition to the Islamic state of Azerbaijan against the Christian nation. Turkey believes that it is its moral duty to help the Islamic nation. Turkey believes that the Ottoman Empire still rules the middle east and Istanbul is the center of global Islamic power.
Unfortunately, Turkey is finding it hard to get support from Islamic nations itself. Apart from Pakistan and Malaysia, no Islamic country has come forward to support Turkey’s stand against France. On the contrary, Saudi Arabia, the religious leader of the Islamic nations, has called to Boycott Turkey. The traders and businessmen are refusing to stock Turkish goods. In fact, they are supporting Greece and have put the Greek flags in their shops.
The stand taken by Turkey in support of the extremist who beheaded the teacher in France is indeed condemnable. Turkey cannot justify the act of terrorism in the name of religion. Turkey cannot endorse ‘Jehad’ to protect Islam. The time has come when countries like Turkey should be sidelined and named and shamed for their anti-human ideologies.