Friday, August 07, 2009

The Logic Of Tariq Ramadan

"The arguments that locate Turkey outside European history and geography cannot withstand analysis. For more than four centuries the Ottoman empire shared and shaped the political and strategic future of the continent. During the late 19th and early 20th century, it became the "sick man of Europe". Even today, Turkey's historical and economic influence continues to be substantial."
And not always positive, either. Yet the logic, such as it is, that would seem to illuminate that statement is itself illuminating.
The pesky thing about the Ottomans was that they were an empire. They conquered people. They were outsiders who moved in. They did not belong to the land, but stole it. Claiming that Turkey should be part of the European Union on the basis of Ottoman history is like claiming that Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal belong in the Organisation of African States.
The double irony, of course, is that Ramadan is a Swiss national - he is advocating a policy for others, but not himself.
Alpha Plus for effort, Epsilon Double Minus for achievement.

1 Comments:

Blogger James Higham said...

The Dutch would take issue with that too.

07 August, 2009 16:31  

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