The economy is collapsing in Turkey, the Turkish lira reaches record lows against the U.S. Dollar and the Euro, coronavirus is out of control - BUT QUICK, look at the Greeks and Armenians!
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has completely lost control of the situation in Turkey. Not only did he fail to invade Greece, Libya and Syria this year through various means, but these were costly affairs that has contributed to the collapse of the Turkish economy and the declining lira. However, Erdoğan is attempting to distract Turks with ultra-nationalism.
A 2016 Daily Mail report found that a quarter of Turks live in extreme poverty and almost two million live on just $3.50 a day but Erdoğan's wife, Emine, shuts down entire shopping malls in Europe to go on a private shopping spree. That is in 2016, so imagine the situation today with a massively contracted economy.
The Turkish currency has slipped past a key psychological level of 7.0366 per dollar and economists are less upbeat about inflation this year as it will finish at 10.6% and reach 9.9% at the end of 2021, according to a Bloomberg survey conducted April 24-28.
The situation is critical in Turkey. Over 127,000 cases of coronavirus and nearly 3,500 deaths, and that is if official government data is to be trusted.
Turkey is one of the lowest ranked countries for media freedoms in the world, is the second most susceptible country surveyed on the European continent and its surroundings to fake news, has the most journalists jailed in the whole world, and 90% of media is government controlled.
With this in mind, it is of little surprise that journalists and social media users who dispute the official number of coronavirus cases in Turkey are arrested.
So what is Erdoğan going to do with the mess he created himself?
He now resorts to the old age custom in Turkey of accusing political opposition of being crypto-Greeks and Armenians.
In a speech made yesterday, the Turkish President attempted to distract Turks from the declining economic situation made from his own doing and said 'We will not allow these leftovers of the sword and terrorists to revolt. They still exist, although their numbers have decreased very much in our country.''
Erdogan is attempting to distract Turks by indirectly talking about Greek and Armenian “terrorists.”
Article is coming up soon that will tell you exactly what he said. pic.twitter.com/GL2PMIcbZQ
— Paul Antonopoulos 🇬🇷🇨🇾 (@oulosP) May 5, 2020
Although he does not say Greeks and Armenians directly, the expression of "leftovers of the sword" is in reference to the Greeks and Armenians who survived the Turkish perpetrated genocide from 1913 to 1923 - and clearly he is paranoid that Greeks and Armenians still exist in Turkey, albeit hidden.
Turkey is paranoid as millions of their citizens are Islamized and Turkified Greeks and Armenians, even if their own people do not know this fact yet.
A famous case is Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, born Ibrahim Yaylalı. Yannis is a former Turkish ultra-nationalist who was proud of his enmity to Kurds, not to mention to other indigenous peoples of Asia Minor. However he soon discovered he was actually Greek, became Christian and then became an activist for minorities in Turkey despite originally joining the Turkish Army to kill them, as reported by The Armenian Weekly.
It is also becoming a trend for Turks in the diaspora to do DNA tests and post their results on YouTube. Many of them become "shocked" to find out that their DNA is 50% Greek or more.
It is for this reason that home genetic testing is banned in Turkey - they do not want millions of people discovering they are Islamized and Turkified Greeks and Armenians.
Despite not wanting millions in Turkey to discover they are Greek or Armenian, it is still common for Turkish politicians to accuse their opposition of being crypto-Greeks or Armenians, an acknowledgement in itself that the Turkish state knows millions of their citizens are Turkified Greeks and Armenians.
Last year, Ekrem İmamoğlu became mayor of Constantinople, the first time in over 20 years that an ally of Erdoğan was not mayor of the city. What was Erdoğan's response to İmamoğlu's victory? “Who were most happy with the elections of March 31? The Greeks. Do you remember the front pages of Greek newspapers saying that ‘a Greek conquered the City’?”
İmamoğlu is from Pontus, and it has been suggested that he is one of the millions of Islamised and Turkified Greeks in Turkey.
However, despite the attempts to destroy Greek language and culture in Turkey, many Muslims have held onto their identity, culture and language, as reported by Greek City Times in a must read interview. And it is these very people that Erdoğan fears will reconnect with their Greek roots.
Turkish researchers have even suggested that Erdoğan, whose ancestry is from Pontus, is Greek himself. His ancestry comes from Potamia (Ποταμιὰ, Turkish: Güneysu) and Erdoğan in the past has even returned to the village where signs that welcomed him would say Potamia and not Güneysu.
Turkish historian Cezmi Yurtsever found in Ottoman tax records details of Erdoğan's grandfather, who was the head of a guerrilla group of Greeks in Pontus who fought against the Ottomans. Erdoğan’s grandfather's epithet was Bakedoglu Memis and the tax records wrote the word ‘Islamized’ next to his name and in another column had his new Islamic name.
In a 2011 interview with NTV, the Turkish President said he is and feels like a Turk and will take journalists and historians who call him Greek to court.
Erdoğan had even admitted in an interview that when he use to ask his father if they were Turks, his father would say "Look, your grandfather told me that when we die and go to heaven, they will ask us what God you believe, who your prophet is and what your religion is. They will not ask us of our ethnic origins," in a clear demonstration that they did not want to openly acknowledge they were Islamized and Turkified Greeks.