— The Erimtan Angle —

On Sunday, 12 June 2011, about 50 million people are expected to cast their ballots in Turkey in an important national election, an election that might very well usher in the AKP’s third successive term at the helm of Turkey’s ship. The increasing autocratic tendencies exhibited by Premier Tayyip Erdoğan have become a cause for concern though and many domestically as well as internationally are understandably weary. Following the end of World War II and the real introduction of democracy in Turkey, the country was ruled by the DP (Demokrat Parti) for the duration of ten years (1950-60), in effect replacing the previous one-party state ruled by the CHP (1923-50), only to be toppled by a brutal military coup in 1960. Now that the AKP appears to have established yet another sample of one-party rule in the 21st century and that the military is being increasingly side-lined, Turkey’s future looks set to develop in a pseudo-Ottoman mould as a regional super-power and global player of some importance.[1]  In my previous entry, I indicated the trepidation felt by the Christian right in America. Pat Roberson’s cabal seems to be in an uproar about the AKP’s expected electoral victory on Sunday, 12 June 2011. His television channel CBN is now seen in 180 countries and broadcast in 71 languages and arguably influences people all around the world. But, as it turns out, this Sunday is also important for another reason. CBN News Anchor/Reporter Wendy Griffith explains that “[h]undreds of millions of Christians representing 200 nations across the world will gather on Pentecost Sunday to pray for their nations. Since its beginning more than 10 years ago,
the Global Day of Prayer has been inviting the world’s believers to pray together. The Church has responded, petitioning God in open-air stadiums, city halls, and cathedrals. They’ve worshipped Him in the streets, public parks, and private homes”.[2]

Even though the Huntingtonian Clash of Civilisations (1996) has as yet not emerged, and has even been countered by an Alliance of Civilisations suggested by Turkey’s current Prime Minister and Spain’s Premier José Luis Zapatero during 59th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in 2005,[3]  Pat Robertson’s cabal seems bent on fanning the flames of inter-faith rivalry and enmity, pitting Christian believers against Muslim faithful in a battle of prayer and devotion . . .

[1] C. Erimtan, “A pseudo-Ottoman policy: Turkey’s new station in the world” Today’s Zaman (04 November 2010). http://tiny.cc/6qkki.

[2] Wendy Griffith, “Global Day of Prayer to Focus on Revival” CBN News (10 June 2011). http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/June/Christians-Worldwide-Gather-for-Global-Day-of-Prayer-/.

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