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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Caliphate

There are those benighted individuals who believe that every Muslim out there is a scimitar-waving suicide bomber intent on enslaving all men, women, and children in the Western world to a daily ritual of falafel eating and yodeled prayers.

I submit for their approval, in my best Rod Serling voice, the voters of Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir and their verdict in local elections. For over the last weekend these mostly Muslim Turkish voters, Turkey being a formerly secularist democracy currently led by an Islamist, said no to the dictatorial ambitions of its president by voting to kick his party (the AKP) out of office in Ankara, the nation’s capitol. The opposition Kemalist CHP also won Turkey’s most important city, Istanbul, and Izmir, a major center of business. It’s the first time in 25 years the Islamists have lost Ankara, and Istanbul is the hometown of Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

We’re talking electoral bloodbath here. Though, in true Asian despot fashion, Erdoğan is challenging some of the results.

It’s like the Dems losing DC, New York City, and Chicago. Not gonna happen in America anytime soon, as our socialist cult seems to engender more twisted loyalty than the Islamist cult in Turkey.

Not saying that Islamists are pussycats the world over and they are not a threat to be annihilated when they injure our interests. Nope, if they lift a hand against us or our allies, which they have countless times, then find these terrorists and kill them.

But there are likely people who practice Islam like many who practice other faiths, leisurely. There are those in my Roman Catholic religion who only show up at church on Easter and Christmas. Maybe Epiphany. When I was Jewish there were folks who only got to shul on Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur. I have no doubt there are Muslims who feel and act the same way. Not to mention Muslims like King Abdullah II of Jordan, who has been at our side in the fight against the Islamists. I mean, hell, the guy personally flew fighter missions against the Islamic State.

Thus here’s to the brave voters of those three cities in Turkey. May they ignite a fire that sweeps Erdoğan from power and returns Turkey to the status of a reliable NATO partner.

If not, if this is a mere speedbump on the way to Erdoğan’s eventual caliphate, then Turkey faces a future that will become grimmer with each passing year.

Not what Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had in mind at all.

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David Kamioner

A veteran of service with US Army Intelligence, the Pershing Nuclear Brigade, and the First Infantry Division, Kamioner is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European Division and spent over twenty years as a political consultant, college instructor, non-profit director, and corporate PR director. He hails from New York City and grew up in South Florida. He served with the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For several years he ran homeless shelters, most recently homeless shelters for US military veterans. He currently is a Senior Contributor for, a writer for American Greatness, and has been published in LifeZette. He is the author of the novel "Prisoner of the Chattering Class" and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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