Erdoğan Versus the Dutch

Source: The Guardian, March 14

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has held the Netherlands responsible for the worst genocide in Europe since the second world war as the row over Turkish ministers addressing pro-Erdoğan rallies in the country deepened.

In a speech televised live on Tuesday, Erdoğan said: “We know the Netherlands and the Dutch from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how rotten their character is from their massacre of 8,000 Bosnians there….”

Erdoğan’s decision to use the Srebrenica genocide, for which a previous Dutch government resigned over its failure to prevent, as a further attack on the Netherlands showed that Ankara does not intend to back down from the dispute.

A lightly armed force of 110 Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to prevent a Bosnian Serb force commanded by Gen. Ratko Mladić entering what had been designated a safe haven on 11 July 1995. Muslim men and boys were rounded up, executed and pushed into mass graves.

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4 responses to “Erdoğan Versus the Dutch

  1. If Erdogan really said that, he’s crazier (and perhaps more dangerous) than Trump.

  2. Does not Mr. Erdogan recall that Turkey allowed German to justify its genocide? Hitler said, in a chilling remark made in 1939. “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

  3. Erdogan has clearly decided that making Europe the bogeyman is a good political move. That might play out well in Turkey where he is able to control information, but Turkish citizens in other countries will be better informed and less inclined to accept the line he has taken. Time for them to write hope.

  4. Has Erdogan written off Turkey’s chances of joining the EU? Or does he figure that Europe needs his help in staunching the flow of Syrian refugees so badly that he can insult them with impunity?

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