May 18, 2017 SnyderTalk: What a TV Series Tells Us About Erdogan’s Turkey

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)

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The New York Times—What a TV Series Tells Us About Erdogan’s Turkey:

ISTANBUL — With President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey visiting President Trump in Washington this week, it might be useful to briefly turn away from the conventional explanatory sources and consider a wildly popular television series that is capturing the zeitgeist in Turkey.

Over three bombastic seasons so far, “Dirilis: Ertugrul” (Resurrection: Ertugrul) has described medieval campaigns waged by Turks against Christian enemies. Focusing on the life of Ertugrul Bey, father of Osman Bey, the 13th-century founder of the Ottoman Empire, the series leads television ratings in Turkey every week. Its loaded tagline: “A nation’s awakening.”

This chimes with the spirit of the age after Mr. Erdogan framed the constitutional referendum in April as a struggle against enemies of the Turkish nation and domestic traitors.

Turkey’s national mood can often be measured by the popularity of certain television shows. A few years back, rising self-confidence was symbolized by the blockbuster success of “The Magnificent Century,” based on the life of Sultan Suleiman, who led the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power in the 16th century. Described by The New York Times in 2012 as an “Ottoman-era ‘Sex and the City,’ ” “The Magnificent Century” luxuriated in the opulence and intrigue of the Ottoman court and became an international hit.

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SnyderTalk Comment:

Where Turkish President Erdogan is concerned, connecting the dots isn’t difficult.  His lust for power and his desire to become a modern-day Suleiman are transparent.  Let’s pray that Western leaders can read the writing on the wall.

I fear that they can’t or won’t.

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SnyderTalk Comment:

There is no such thing as a “moderate Islamist”.  In fact, that’s an oxymoron.  It’s like jumbo shrimp.

Erdogan now has the presidential powers he wanted, and he’s moving ahead aggressively with his plan.

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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)

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