Exhibit A: Tayyip Erdoğan would appreciate it if Turkey’s Jewish citizens would denounce Israel’s offensive in Gaza, but promises that they will be safe even if they don’t do it. Well, that’s very generous of hi–HOLY CRAP DID HE REALLY SAY THAT?
“Jews in Turkey are our citizens. We are responsible for their security of life and property,” Erdogan told the Daily Sabah.
He added: “I talked with our Jewish citizens’ leaders on Thursday and I stated that they should adopt a firm stance and release a statement against the Israeli government. I will contact them [Jewish leaders in Turkey] again, but whether or not they release a statement, we will never let Jewish people in Turkey get hurt.”
So apparently the prime minister of Turkey, its likely future president, is John Gotti.
“Hey, I have a favor to ask, but I want you to know that nobody’s gonna hurt you even if you won’t do this favor for me, capisce?”
“Um, OK. Who was planning to hurt me?”
“Nobody, that’s for sure. And you can rest assured that they won’t be able to hurt you even though you’ve turned your back on me, your close personal friend, by refusing to do this thing that I’ve asked of you, which is very important to me but I want to assure you that not doing it won’t put you at any risk. God bless.”
Exhibit B: Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç explains the problem with society these days, and I think we can all agree with him that it’s…women who laugh in public:
During a speech on Monday, Arınç said that, among other activities, women should not laugh in public if they are to adhere to proper social mores. The speech was given on Eid al-Fitr, the official end to the month-long Islamic celebration of Ramadan. In his speech, Arınç outlined his ideas of morality saying:
Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness.
Distressingly, Arınç failed to promise that women who inadvertently let a chuckle slip out in public will be protected by their government regardless.