Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Turkey the Auslanders

Turkey and the EU are to commence membership negotiations
overcoming strident objections from Austria.
Good old Austria and her fine frothing beer, delightful orchestras, magical winter playgrounds and undercurrent of Nazism.

4 comments:

Crystal said...

UNDERcurrent?

adam said...

i guess they could be objecting on grounds of Turkey's human rights abuses? Don't have much of a leg to stand on there either, do they...

The Unmentionable said...

Nazism was (and is) ideologically aligned with both Arab Nationalism and radical Islamism. The only Semitic people ever targeted by Nazism were the Jews.

That is why you see white supremacists in Europe, the UK and the USA slamming Israel and supporting the Palestinians.

Your point (Austrian + Nazi history = modern anti-Muslim sentiment) is therefore unsupportable.

It is silly political correctness to spin rightful Austrian uncertainty about the effect of having 100 million Muslims become citizens of the EU, with overt racism (remember also, Islam is not a race, but a religion).

The Austrians ought to be concerned. The ramifications for the EU will be irrevocable, one way or the other. Also, they were invaded by the Turks a few centuries ago; the Ottoman conquests being stopped short at the walls of Vienna only because of Polish intervention.

Aleks - Anarcho-Syndicalist said...

The unmentionable, you mentioned Poland Saving Vienna (and Western Europe) from the Turks in 1683. It's good to see that some people are properly educated in European history.

As for Austria being opposed to Turkey joining the EU, I may not be a big fan of the Austrians, but I agree. Given Turkey's forrendous human rights record in the last 50 years (it's treatment of the Kurds, it's refusal to recognise the Armenian Genocide) I agree tha Turkey should not be allowed to join until it's human rights record, which over the last 15 years is so much worse than any EU members, is improved.