Turkey's new Islamist PM Erdogan admits there is no "moderate Islam." He is an extremist who calls himself "middle of the road." Interesting to me that he saves his harshest criticism for the notorious Arab apologist, Bernard Lewis (yes the untouchable Lewis.)
While participating on a Middle East panel of the Academy of Achievement in Chicago, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned against religious definitions of terrorism and specifically objected to the phrases "Islamic terror" and "moderate Islam."
Reacting to Congresswoman Jane Harman's use of 'moderate Islam', Erdogan said, "Turkey is not a country where moderate Islam is sovereign. First of all, the 'moderate Islam' concept is wrong. The word 'Islam' is a simple word -- it is only Islam. If you say 'moderate Islam,' then an alternative is created, and that is 'immoderate Islam.' I cannot accept such a concept as a Muslim. Islam rejects excessivenesses. I am not a radical Muslim. We are Muslims who have found a middle road."
Erdogan was most critical of Bernard Lewis, a panelist during the discussion and specialist in Middle Eastern studies, when he used the phrase "Islamic terror." In response, the Turkish Prime Minister said, "Such a definition does not only worry Muslims in the world, but also worries all the believers of all the celestial religions. No religion permits terrorism. 'Islam,' in front of the word 'terror,' ascribes Islam to terror and is unpleasant indeed. You may say a religious terrorist; however, you cannot say Islamic terrorism."
Chris Matthews, the panel director, interjected, "How do we define terror if we do not say terror is Islamic?"
Erdogan, underscoring that terror is an outcome, said, "Terror is not a reason. However, can we endeavor to remove the reasons of terror? The U.S. entry into Baghdad does not solve the problem."
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ahud Barak, another panelist, agreed with Erdogan's objections to the current definition of terrorism.