"Turks do not have any friend or ally other than other Turks. Turks! turn to your roots. Our words are to those that have Turkish ancestry and are Turks.... Those that have torn down this nation (referring to the Ottoman Empire) are Greek, Armenian and Jew traitors, and Kurdish, Bosnian and Albanians... How can you, as a Turk, tolerate these dirty minorities. Remove from within the Armenians and Kurds and all Turkish enemies."
Alparslan Turkes, Nationalist Movement Party
The Grey Wolves is the youth organization of the Turkish ultranationlist movement founded by Alparslan Turkes in 1969. The movement's ideology is the dream of creating a Great Turkish Empire of all "Turkic" peoples. The group has been used at various times by the Turkish military to further it's political, military and strategic goals. On a global scale they have been implicated in assassinations and terrorism against all of Turkey's enemies such as the Kurds, Armenians, Greeks and Russians. A member, Mehmet Ali Agca was apprehended after attempting to kill the Pope in 1981.
The boys are pretty fired up about the pending visit of the Pope Benedict to the cathedral of Hagia Sophia or Holy Wisdom, the crown jewel of Orthodox Christianity and considered one of the great architectural masterpieces of the world. It was converted to a mosque after the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. In 1935, Kemal Ataturk ordered that Hagia Sophia become a museum and it has remained so until now. Today the "museum" was invaded by a large group of young Turkish fanatics shouting Allah Akbar and threatening slogans against Pope Benedict. They decided to hold a prayer service in the Church under the watchful eyes of television cameras and the "helpless" gaze of the Police.
Just another day in democratic Turkey.
For those of you that might like to send the boys a message, please go to http://www.hagiasophiablog.com/mainpage.html and sign the petition.
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