Tyrkias president Recep Tayyip Erdogan lar snart ikke en anledning gå fra seg til kaste mistankens skjær over Vestens hensikter overfor muslimer. Nå ordlegger han seg på en måte som gjør franskmenn ansvarlig for Charlie Hebdo, og sier muslimer får skylden.
– Når har muslimer noen gang deltatt i terror, spør Erdogan som er leder for et land som ikke vil vedkjenne seg at de drepte 1,5 million armenere etter første verdenskrig.
Erdogan rører rundt i en gryte. Han gir inntrykk av at Vesten driver et renkespill på muslimers bekostning. Han antyder, nok til at den som leser eller lytter trekker sine egne slutninger.
Tyrkia skal liksom være en alliert.
‘French citizens carry out such a massacre, and Muslims pay the price,’ Erdogan said yesterday.
‘That’s very meaningful … Doesn’t their intelligence organisation track those who leave prison?
‘Games are being played with the Islamic world, we need to be aware of this.
‘The West’s hypocrisy is obvious. As Muslims, we’ve never taken part in terrorist massacres. Behind these lie racism, hatespeech and Islamophobia,’ Erdogan added.
Erdogan also denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for attending a solidarity rally in France on Sunday with other world leaders after the Paris attacks.
‘How can a man who has killed 2,500 people in Gaza with state terrorism wave his hand in Paris, like people are waiting in excitement for him to do so? How dare he go there?’ he said.
Erdogan did not attend the Sunday march, though Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu participated.
Erdogan is not the only senior Turkish politician publicly voicing conspiracy theories over the Paris attacks.
The Mayor of Ankara, Melih Gokcek, said he was convinced the Israeli intelligence service Mossad was behind the attacks, linking them to France’s recent move towards recognising Palestine as an independent state.
‘Mossad is definitely behind such incidents… it is boosting enmity towards Islam.’ Mr Gokcek said, according to Financial Times.