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Posted on 06/08/2015 11:28:47 AM PDT by SJackson
Turks Boast of Historic Slaughter and Rape of Christians
Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On June 8, 2015 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 21 Comments
Earlier this week a news report  unwittingly demonstrated how Turkeyonce deemed the most secularized Muslim nationis returning to its Islamic heritage, complete with animosity for the infidel West and dreams of the glory days of jihadi conquests:
A group of devout Muslims from across Turkey prayed before the citys historic Hagia Sophia on the 562nd anniversary of the Turkish conquest of Istanbul [Constantinople], demanding that the site be turned back into a mosque.
Men and women from across the country gathered before the Hagia Sophia museum early May 31, as part of an event organized by the Anatolian Youth Association (AGD) with the motto Break the chains, Open Hagia Sophia, and prayed the morning prayer with a call for the reconversion of the museum into a mosque.
In fact, this is an annual ritual . Thousands of Turks surround Hagia Sophia every May and call for it to become a mosqueoften to Islams war-cry, Allahu Akbar!
This is not about a minority of radicals. In a survey conducted with 401 Turks, more than 97 percent  wanted Hagia Sophia to be turned into a functioning mosque. Nor is this about Muslims needing a place to pray. As of 2010, there were 3,000 active mosques in Istanbul alone .
Rather, this is about Muslims wanting to revel in the glory days of Islamic jihad and conquest.
Unlike historically-challenged Westerners, Muslims fully understand the significance of Hagia Sophia. Hagia SophiaGreek for Holy Wisdomwas, in fact, Christendoms greatest cathedral for almost one thousand years. Built in Constantinople, the heart of the ancient Christian empire, it was also a stalwart symbol of defiance against an ever encroaching Islam from the east.
After parrying centuries of jihadi thrusts , Constantinople was finally sacked by the Turks under Sultan Mehmet II on May 29, 1453. Its crosses desecrated and icons defaced, Hagia Sophiaas well as thousands of other churcheswas converted into a victory mosque, the tall minarets of Islam surrounding it in triumph.
Reading the primary historic texts from the period is not unlike reading current headlines concerning Islamic State atrocitiesthe massacres, beheadings, rapes, enslavement of Christian infidels and the defilement of their churches. Write s an eyewitness to the 1453 Turkish conquest of Constantinople:
The enraged Turkish soldiers . . . gave no quarter. When they had massacred and there was no longer any resistance, they were intent on pillage and roamed through the town stealing, disrobing, pillaging, killing, raping, taking captive men, women, children, old men, young men, monks, priests, people of all sorts and conditions There were virgins who awoke from troubled sleep to find those brigands standing over them with bloody hands and faces full of abject fury [The Turkish jihadis] dragged them, tore them, forced them, dishonored them, raped them at the cross-roads and made them submit to the most terrible outrages
Tender children were brutally snatched from their mothers breasts and girls were pitilessly given up to strange and horrible unions, and a thousand other terrible things happened. . .
Temples [including Hagia Sophia] were desecrated, ransacked and pillaged . . . sacred objects were scornfully flung aside, the holy icons and the holy vessels were desecrated . Immense numbers of sacred and profane books were flung on the fire or torn up and trampled under foot.
This is what Turkeys Muslims are proud of. Salih Turhan, head of the Anatolian Youth Association, the group that annually organizes mass demonstrations around Hagia Sophia, boasts that, As the grandchildren of Mehmet the Conqueror, seeking the re-opening Hagia Sophia as a mosque is our legitimate right.
Turks know full well that Mehmet was the scourge of European Christendom; that his hordes seized and ravished Constantinople, forcibly turning it into Islamic Istanbul; that he had the fallen corpse of the Christian emperor, Constantine, who refused to forsake his besieged city, beheaded, mutilated, and mocked. Openly idolizing Mehmet and other sultans, as many Turks do, is tantamount to their saying, We are proud of our ancestors who slaughtered, beheaded, enslaved and raped people and stole their lands simply because they were Christian infidels.
More contemporarily, its tantamount to their saying We are proud of our fellow Sunni Muslims of the Islamic Statewho are currently slaughtering, beheading, enslaving, and raping people simply because they are Christian infidels.
Such pride in Islamic atrocities goes all the way to the top in Turkey, to President Erdogan, who claims  that the jihadi conquest of Constantinople was the true time of enlightenment.
Still, none of this stops Turks from claiming victim status. The Anatolian Youth Association still manages to blame the West: Keeping Hagia Sophia Mosque closed is an insult to our mostly Muslim population of 75 million. It symbolizes our ill-treatment by the West.
So keeping a historically Christian/Western buildingthat was stolen by bloody jihadas a museum is seen as ill-treatment by the West.
Similarly, last April, after Pope Francis accurately referred to the mass slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks  as the first genocide of the 20th century , Ankaras highest Islamic authority responded by saying that the Popes remarks will only accelerate the process for Hagia Sophia to be re-opened for [Muslim] worship .
Such is the Islamic worlds double standards : when Muslims conquer non-Muslim territories, such as Constantinople and its churchesthrough fire and steel, with all the attendant human suffering and miserythe descendants of those conquered are not to expect any apologies or concessionsnot even a building.
However, once the same Muslims who would never concede an inch of Islams conquests are on the short end of the stickPalestinians vis-à-vis Israel, for examplethen they resort to the United Nations and the court of public opinion, demanding justice, restitution, human rights, and so forth.
Its a wonder that more people are not onto the Muslim game yeta testimony to the blindness and historic ignorance of the West .
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That's interesting -- because actually those minarets there should be demolished. And it returned to being a church.
The same people who whine incessantly about the Crusades.
Did not the Turks just repudiate the Muslim Brother hood in a recent election?
I re-read Seasons In Hell this weekend. Amazing how this time around I could not have cared less how brutally the Serbs treated their Muslim problem. I was cheering them on.
“but, but my muslim friends....”
That’s what makes the reptile brain savages proud.
I like turkey - eat it every Thanksgiving and many other times during the year.
Their country is appropriately named....
IOW, the Turks, when they took Constantinople, behaved pretty much as other armies of the time did when they captured a city after an arduous siege. Much as the Crusaders did when they captured Jerusalem, by their own account.
The author is correct that ISIS behaves pretty much as Islam did in its heyday. The difference being that was pretty much how all armies behaved back then. Read about the Sack of Rome or Magdeburg, for instance.
I would also note that it is possible to take pride in the deeds of one’s ancestors without necessarily approving of their methods. Much as I am proud of the Founders without approving of the fact that many of them were slavemasters.
Probably not. Constantine disappeared in the final struggle. Mehmet had a body treated this way, but it probably wasn't the emperor, who took off his regalia and died fighting hand to hand as a common soldier. A remarkably noble end to the long line of Roman emperors.
Putin, invade Turkey—turn Hagia Sopia back into the Orthodox Cathederal it was built to be—Bring the Turks to Christ—at the point of a sword. Stop Turkey from becoming IS.
Putin prefers to fight against Christian countries.
Get off your high horse.
Well written article.
Take Armenian and Greek propaganda with a grain of salt, but a bit of sympathy as well. This is more of an ethnic conflict than a religious one. Let us also not forget that the Armenians were major beneficiaries and supporters of the Soviet Union.
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