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They tell me: “Why do you still both­er with these sto­ries about islam at your age ? You should be tak­ing care of yourself.”

I would­n’t want to do a bad play on words that would offend the pain of the assas­si­nat­ed teacher’s fam­i­ly, but I answered that I had to do it because I still have all of my head, and that “avoid­ing mak­ing waves!” did not suit me at all.

Because that is the accu­sa­tion Reis Erdoğan is mak­ing about Pres­i­dent Macron from high on a tri­bune to his faith­ful: that he no longer has his head. “He needs men­tal treat­ment” he said. I did not hear him say that about the ter­ror­ist who com­mit­ted the crime. I sup­pose the lov­ing care the lat­ter will receive from the vir­gins meant to greet him in the mar­tyrs’ par­adise will be all he needs.

I remem­ber very well that Erdoğan’s media made head­lines say­ing that the French intel­li­gence ser­vices had orga­nized the attack and insult­ed the vic­tim in pass­ing. France would kill its teach­ers, orga­nize plots, the bet­ter to attack Islam. I won’t for­get that when Erdoğan speaks to his troops of faith­ful big­ots, the lat­ter already have this thought in their head, that there is a great con­spir­a­cy against Islam and that, accord­ing­ly, it’s sole defend­er on earth is Erdoğan the Magnificent.

I let you make the con­nec­tion between his need to vic­tim­ize Turkey, to point at for­eign aggres­sors, in order to have peo­ple for­get that the Turk­ish army is omnipresent on the ter­ri­to­ry these days, and that it is busy killing.

The assas­sin thus becomes the mar­tyr in need of defend­ing, as if he was a broth­er. Erdoğan does not say this in so many words, but since he con­sid­ers the mur­der of the teacher Samuel Paty as part of a con­spir­a­cy, the assas­sin becomes a manip­u­lat­ed victim.

Do not think he sim­ply pulled this out of his hat. This has always been his pol­i­cy: domes­tic ene­mies, for­eign ene­mies, the nation under attack and reli­gion as the cement to stand strong against this. Except for occa­sion­al details, we are in the con­ti­nu­ity of what came before him. He sim­ply does it all in a showy and bel­low­ing style, that’s all. And since he feels very much alone among all the mafiosi with an eye on his job, he plays the big guy and shows his muscles.

Erdoğan is care­ful not to for­get any­one. Recent­ly, he gave a speech on the nec­es­sary uni­ty of Islam despite “the diffrences between us”, he said. Of course, it goes with­out say­ing, he is the big broth­er among the broth­ers, in a spir­it of Ottoman con­quest. He is a mem­ber of NATO after all, and that gives him clout. With Greece, he pan­ders to the marine, while remain­ing sus­pi­cious of offi­cers from the old guard. With Syr­ia, he flat­ters all and every nation­al­ist, includ­ing those in the oppo­si­tion, for­ev­er anti-Kur­dish. In pass­ing, he relieves the mil­i­tary who only need to com­mand jihadists, recy­cled under uni­forms, mer­ce­nary mili­tias always handy for the dirty work… There is only the econ­o­my that goes on trou­bling him. Between cor­rup­tion tak­ing its share, the con­stant fall of the lira and with­drawals from investors, he no longer knows what treat­ment to apply, espe­cial­ly since Covid has got­ten mixed into the problem.

What a fine oppor­tu­ni­ty to mobi­lize shopown­ers. And so the tele­vi­sion screens are filled with cad­dies over­flow­ing with “French prod­ucts” being pulled off the shelves. Each shop own­er fol­low­ing the Reis must show how he is part of the nation­al cam­paign fight­ing against the des­ig­nat­ed ene­my of Islam.

Once the storm blows over, these prod­ucts from the dev­il will cer­tain­ly have appre­ci­at­ed by 10% when they are put up for sale again, as a par­tic­i­pa­tion pre­mi­um to the nation­al effort.

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I tru­ly believe that the finest pre­mi­um for Erdoğan was the echo his com­ments found in France. Touched to the quick as we can well under­tand, Pres­i­dent Macron sound­ed the horn on TV, like Roland in the his­to­ry books. But Erdoğan does­n’t care, he has man­aged to set off a wave of Islamist gath­er­ings a bit all over. Just as in his­to­ry, France’s protests are a rear-guard battle.

Had France not let Turkey do what­ev­er it want­ed “with mod­er­a­tion” as said a min­is­ter dur­ing the Afrin inva­sion, if, in order to sat­is­fy its domes­tic xeno­pho­bia, it had not tak­en part in the great hag­gling over migrants… If only… If only… I am not going to write again what I have been say­ing for years. French diplo­ma­cy has turned into a midget in Turkey’s eyes, after so many self-inter­est­ed con­ces­sions, course changes, lib­er­al compromises…So giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty, polit­i­cal Islamism rejoic­es and goes on the attack. When con­sid­ered from the Gulf coun­tries, things are no bet­ter for the French mem­ber of the UN’s Secu­ri­ty Council.

I also seemed to guess in the “boss’ ” speech that he hopes Pres­i­dent Macron will lose the next elec­tions. A mes­sage for the Turk­ish dias­po­ra in France, no doubt… I also notice that the men­tal treat­ment request­ed for the Pres­i­dent, does not extend to the polit­i­cal class that allowed free rein to anti-Mus­lim racism in the last few days. What enraged Erdoğan, even false­ly, was the speech against polit­i­cal Islamisms, not the racism tar­get­ing Mus­lims. Racism he knows well, it is even one of the reg­u­lar instru­ments of his pow­er. And in his view, all Mus­lims are chil­dren of polit­i­cal Islam, or they don’t exist. Does not a child of Turkey occu­py a choice seat among rep­re­sen­ta­tives in France? I hope they won’t send him back to us, we have enough like him already.

Your French Pres­i­dent should give care­ful thought to his response. Polit­i­cal Islam and its self-pro­claimed leader in Turkey launched a kind of fat­wa against him, and it could very well be exe­cut­ed by your own nation­al­ist extreme rightwingers, curi­ous­ly enough.

You were right, involv­ing myself in these mat­ters is mak­ing me lose my sense of humor. I will go take some men­tal health care of myself.

And for a clear understanding:

From a men­tal health point of view, Macron needs a treatment…What else can you say to a State leader who does not under­stand free­dom of reli­gion, who behaves this way toward peo­ple of dif­fer­ent beliefs liv­ing in his own coun­try? First of all, an exam­i­na­tion, at the men­tal level…

Every fourth morn­ing that comes along, you wor­ry about Erdoğan. Hey, con­cern­ing your­self with Erdoğan won’t give you anything…In any event, in almost one year, there will be elec­tions. And we’ll see what your fate is at those elections…”

[Faithful translation, with no redacting, just like the video from the Anadolu Agency… the regime’s megaphone to which we won’t give more audience than it deserves…]

A note from Kedis­tan: on social net­works, “car­i­ca­tures” abound or pho­to­graph­ic mon­tages rep­re­sent­ing Macron as a dog or a pig…An embar­rass­ment of rich­es, you find every­thing. Homo­pho­bia guar­an­teed, Macron as a “woman”. In pass­ing, Brigitte Macron is not spared, attacks tar­get­ing more par­tic­u­lar­ly her age and her phys­i­cal appearance…In short, the best of stu­pid­i­ty and the worst of hatred that one can find. These images reflect a state of hys­te­ria beyond all polit­i­cal expres­sion. Proof that the regime is open­ing use­ful gates there also. Note that some of these images are dat­ed and are copies “made in France”.

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Translation by Renée Lucie Bourges
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