Sadie tipped me off to two interesting articles, both of which concern Turkey (not the fowl food, but the increasingly foul Islamist nation).
The first notes a peculiar co-inky-dink: all of America’s policies since the 1990s have just coincidentally helped return to the Islamic fold myriad nations that were once part of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. That Empire, of course, shrank down to just Turkey, which was a secular state for decades.
The second points out that Turkey’s nascent renaissance as the New Ottoman Empire might be looking beyond its former borders. Turkey is now sponsoring a new mega-mosque in Maryland which, when done, will be the largest mosque in the West:
The massive facility, which will be called Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center, will span 15 acres and will feature five buildings, including a mosque “constructed using sixteenth century Ottoman architecture that can hold 750 worshipers.” It will be a place that will help counter an epidemic of “Islamophobia” in the United States, according to Turkish government officials who recently visited the construction site. The delegation was led by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose goals include increasing Islamist influence in America.
Do I need to remind anyone here that the first thing Muslims do when they conquer a place is to build mosques that are the tallest buildings around? To us, it’s an amusing bit of architecture. To them, it’s a triumphalist statement of conquest.