By Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat
There is much talk going around the media that Turkey will now be banishing the teaching on evolutionism from its school curriculum, with Erdogan’s appointing of Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz. But looking at what Yilmaz has said recently, makes this simple allegation to not be entirely accurate. Yilmaz wants to remove any mention of the word of “evolution,” but he himself says that he believes in evolution; that he wants to continue the teaching on the fundamentals of evolutionism while not mentioning the word so as to prevent objections from the people, and that he is in favor teaching full out evolutionism, with Darwinist terms and all, at the university level. As one BBC report says:
Mr Yilmaz denied that evolution theory was being completely omitted from secondary education.
“We are not against evolution. If science says something, it is impossible to resist it. Also, the subjects on inheritance, mutation, modification and adaptation are still present in the curriculum. These are all within the theory of evolution,” Mr Yilmaz argued.
“We only say this: Let’s not teach this subject at this level, but delay it to undergraduate study,” he added.
And one Turkish publication, the Hurriyet Daily, gives more detail on this story:
The debate over the exclusion of the theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey has now reached a new level, thanks to a man heading the board in charge of overseeing and approving all textbooks and educational materials used in Turkish schools.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the details of the new curriculum and to defend it, Board of Education head Alparslan Durmuş contested that contrary to reports, the theory of evolution was actually included in the curriculum – through its reflections in various courses.
“Do you ‘believe’ in the screwdriver? Do you ‘believe’ in the pincer?” Durmuş asked another official during the news conference while trying to explain himself.
“You say ‘I use the pincer.’ Just like this, do I believe in evolution? No, I don’t ‘believe’ in evolution, but I do use it. I use it in biotechnology and to explain certain biological issues. For me [evolution is] like a tool box. Every theory is in fact a tool box,” he said.
To be fair, Durmuş said evolution “is a theory, a valid one,” drawing the ire of many ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) supporters who had launched a campaign on social media demanding his removal “for defending the theory of evolution.”
“Saying that evolution was excluded [from the curriculum] is ignorant,” Durmuş said, noting that antibiotics, the diversity and classification of living organisms, genes, genetic variation and gene technologies, heredity and biological diversity, and stem cell and stem cell technologies are all included in biology textbooks in different chapters.
So it seems that high school students in Turkey will be taught about the applications of the theory of evolution, but not Charles Darwin’s theory itself.
Durmus obvious believes in evolution and Darwinism, but he is playing the same trick as what the Young Turks did before and during their ruling over Turkey: and that is, to apply eugenics, to describe Darwinism, without having to mention explicitly “evolution,” “Darwin,” or the like. An expression of respect towards, and an observing of the beliefs and practices of Islam, while at the same time holding onto and applying Darwinist principles: this is Ottoman Darwinism, and we should be prepared to see its rise. In the 19th century, and in the first half of the twentieth century, the Young Turks — idealistic and elitist Ottoman nationalists — subscribed to Darwinian race theory, being influenced by “survival of the fittest” ideology of thinkers like Herbert Spencer and German Darwinist Ernst Haeckel.
But the Young Turks did not explicitly declare their beliefs in evolution, rather they chose to describe such beliefs, while applying them in their genocide of the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Christian populations, who they say as hinderances to their goal of a homogenous Turkish society. The Young Turks were fanatically inspired by the Japanese in their “Meiji era” of westernization, their supposedly homogenous society, and their ability to use Western technology while not losing their Eastern culture. Japan, to the Young Turks, was the primary example of an Eastern people who adapted to Western technology.
The Young Turks advanced the European ideas of nationalism, rational science and pride in one’s homeland, in their movement against the Sultan. But, in wanting to maintain their Oriental image, the Young Turks went on to “glance east” towards Japan as the role model for a nation that kept its Asian identity while at the same time utilizing Western technology and Enlightenment ideology. The religion of the Enlightenment led to the developing of evolutionism and eugenics, since Erasmus Darwin — Charles Darwin’s grandfather — was a thinker of the Enlightenment period who supported the carnage and slaughter of the French Revolution and articulated ideas which would help serve for the “survival of the fittest” ideology that became so popular in subsequent centuries.
Enlightenment philosophy and Darwinism would be absorbed by both the Japanese and the Ottoman Empire, and both of these would use such belief systems as justification for their own genocides, be it in China or Armenia.
In the early 20th century, the Ottomans, tired of their state of decline, wanted to restore the glory days when it was much more powerful and feared. The Young Turks looked to the theories of Herbert Spencer, the Darwinist who coined the term “survival of the fittest”. Now Spencer came up with a theory that there was a hierarchy of people, and the Ottomans applied this theory to themselves, seeing it as an evidence that their empire could return to a state of superiority over the European nations. The Japanese as well applied Spencer’s ideas to themselves, seeing Japan as biologically determined for superiority over Europe and other Asian countries.
Popular amongst both Turkish and Japanese elites was a social-Darwinist book entitled, The Psychological Laws of the Evolution of Peoples, published in 1894 and written by the French eugenist, Gustave Le Bon. In this very book, Le Bon writes against race-mixing, stating in very eugenist language:
“The first effect of interbreeding between different races is to destroy the soul of the races, and by their soul we mean that congeries of common ideas and sentiments which make the strength of peoples, and without which there is no such thing as a nation or a fatherland.”
Now I will reveal the eugenist beliefs of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, showing that it was not just about Islam, but social-Darwinism as well, a reality that is rarely ever discussed. Ayca Alemdaroglu wrote a very in depth essay on the eugenics of the Young Turks and describes some of the eugenist beliefs of Ataturk:
“Atatürk, the leader of the Republican modernisation movement never mentioned eugenics as such; nevertheless, in the eyes of the eugenicists some of his famous remarks such as ‘strong and sturdy generations are the essence of Turkey’ and ‘the nation should be protected from degenerative perils’ were the basis of Turkish eugenic discourse.”
There was a Turkish doctor by the name of Fahrettin Kerim Gokay, a professor of psychiatry at Istanbul, who promoted and advocated for eugenics. He subscribed to the German ideology of “racial hygiene,” and affirmed that the preservation of superior racial traits from degeneration must be amongst the highest principles of the Turkish nation. Gokay referred to retarded people as ‘inferior’ beings who were a danger to the morals and order of the Turkish society.
Server Kamil Tokgöz, a Turkish medical professor, wrote in his 1938 book that “abnormal” people will reverse the process of Darwinian evolution. He broke society down into three categories: the superiors, the mediocre, and the “cacogenics,” that is the inferior people, who he described as the mute, the deaf, the insane, alcoholics, vagabonds, the immoral and the criminals. While praising the Young Turks — even though they butchered millions — he would go around labeling criminals as “inferior.”
In the 1934 book, entitled Biology and the Human Life, by Devlet Matbaasi, it affirms that the survival of Turkey will depend on the perpetuation of the superior genes of the Turk:
“The Turkish race of which we are proud to belong has a distinguished place amongst the best, strongest, most intelligent and most competent races in the world. Our duty is to preserve the essential qualities and virtues of the Turkish race and to confirm that we deserve to be members of this race. For that reason, one of our primary national duties is to adhere to the principle of leading physically and spiritually worthwhile lives by protecting ourselves from the perils of ill health, and by applying the knowledge of biology to our lives. The future of our Turkey will depend on the breeding of high valued Turkish progeny in the families that today’s youth will form in the future.”
The Young Turks believed in both biological and spiritual racism. The Armenians and Greeks were seen as both racially and spiritually distinct from the Ottomans, and thus they were a threat not only to the Turkish people, but to the religious unity of the nation. This is why the Young Turks demanded for a constitutional government and society that would be based on both Islam and contemporary science, in their vision of a modern Islamic nation.
In modern Ottomanist ideology, to be a true Ottoman was to be Muslim, to believe in modern science, and to respect Ottoman hegemony. The Armenians and Greeks, being Christians and refusing to consider themselves as Ottoman, posed a threat in the eyes of the Young Turks.
The Japanese thinker, Fukuzawa Yukichi, described Japan’s “leaving Asia” to “enter the West” as Bunmei Kaika, or progress towards enlightenment. Whereas the Ottomans, being a people whose lineage originally stemmed from Central Asia, believed that they had to “revisit” Asia to rediscover and reinvigorate their racially Eastern potential. It was the Japanification of Turkey. In other words, Turkey wanted to go back to their Central Asian ancestors.
The Ottomans saw Japan as the guiding light for their endeavor, or as the Turkish journalist, Abdullah Cevdet, said in 1905 (the year in which Japan defeated Russia) Japan would be the “carrier of the torch.”
Japan’s victory over Russia in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905, sparked a huge admiration for Japan in the Ottoman Empire.The Turkish feminist, Halide Edib, even named her son after the Japanese admiral, Togo, during the Russo-Japanese War. The Sultan Abdul Hamid II, stated that the victory of Japan was a victory for the Ottoman Empire:
“Japan’s victory pleases us, for their victory over Russia is considered a victory for us.”
Out of all the things about Japan that the Ottoman admired, a central aspect of Japanese society that the Ottomans wanted to emulate was the fixation on racial homogeneity, or the maintaining of ‘racial purity.’ The racist Young Turk publication, Ichtihad, stated that Japan “in all [its] natural disposition and knowledge, a homogenous people that from end to end is touched by the same sentiments, pursues the same hopes. They love the homeland, with zeal fall victim for the sake of the homeland, in an instant they sacrifice lives for honor and dignity, lives that they sincerely loved and appreciated. They never fear death.”
As the architects of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, the Young Turks conducted their whole scale massacres for the eugenist cause of racial homogeneity, in their perverted attempt to be like Japan. We have an interesting situation here: Turkey wanting to emulate Japan, and both these countries accepting and imposing genocidal eugenist policies, in the name of racial purity. Eugenics, Ottomanism and Japanese nationalism were all intellectually interconnected.
Turkey wanted to be like Japan in its supposed racial purity. And is it not interesting that today, nationalist publications are praising Japan for its militarism and nationalism. For example, the Rightwing publication, Front Page Magazine, published an article by Daniel Greenfield, in which he praised Japanese society for not being “diluted by immigrants” and because it has “turned to the right.” Early this year, Dennis Prager wrote an article describing Japan as a homogeneous society that has low crime rates because of its racial homogeneity, and he writes also that there is a direct correlation between crime and ethnic homogeneity:
“I am writing this column in Japan, a country whose crime rate is the lowest among countries with large populations. I asked my Japanese translator, a middle-aged woman, what she thought.
‘Why is there is so little crime in Japan?’ I asked.
Without taking a moment to reflect, she responded, ‘Because we don’t allow immigration.’
Anyone who visits Japan is struck by the ethnic homogeneity of the nation. If you meet a Caucasian, a black or a Hispanic in Japan, you can be all but certain that the person is visiting or studying there, not a citizen.
Likewise in the United States, there is direct correlation between ethnic homogeneity and low levels of violence.”
Now, if Japan is peaceful because of “ethnic homogeneity,” or if there lies a correlation between morality and a society being homogenous, then I would like for Dennis to explain as to why it took until 2014 for Japan to finally make the possession of child porn illegal, and why in Japan it is still legal to produce and own child pornography anime? According to one report on sex trafficking and child pornography in Japan:
“The U.S. State Department’s 2013 report on human rights practices in Japan labels the country ‘an international hub for the production and trafficking of child pornography.’
It cited Japanese police data showing the number of child pornography investigations in 2012 rose 9.7% from a year earlier to a record of 1,596. The cases involved 1,264 child victims, almost twice as many as in the previous year.
Under the new law, people in possession of child pornography have one year to dispose of it before they risk prosecution.”
See how fast your favorite conservative icons are becoming the mouthpieces of an antichrist spirit. I wonder if Dennis Prager could explain as to why Japan, a nation of such low crime rate, allows for the mass production and consumption of child porn anime in which, as we read in one report, depicts minors in “violent sex acts with dominant characters.” Is it any wonder that Dennis Prager is now pushing for pedophilia?
If racial homogeneity is somehow the source of low crime, then why is there such perversion in Japan? And why, when this “homogeneous” people of Japan went to China in the 1930s they butchered millions and committed mass rape in a genocide the likes of which is amongst the most unparalleled atrocities done in human history?
Japanese anime is filled with the most deplorable depictions of violence and degeneracy, and one wonders if there is a correlation between this fetishizing and the utterly disturbing depravity witnessed in the genocide of tens of millions by Japanese imperial forces. The reason why so many of the Japanese consume horrific and violent pornography is because, since they are not allowed to carry out their demonic fantasies on other human beings, such as the Chinese or Koreans, they indulge themselves in gory and depraved artwork. I am afraid one day they will make their sick fantasies into a reality, and since the Japanese of today have been so engrossed in these deplorable drawings and shows, they will be much worse than the soldiers of 20th century Imperial Japan.
Whats prepping now, which you will see in the near future, is the fulfillment of Wisdom 2, in which the wicked say:
“But let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble, is found to be nothing worth.” (Wisdom 2:11)
It is a spirit of dominance and domination, as you see in rape and murder. There is not only an admiration for Japan’s racialism in the Right, but there appears to be a rise in praise for the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, in Rightwing circles. For example, the popular Alt-Right website, Return of Kings, published an article acclaiming Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic who was deeply involved in both the extermination of the Armenians and of Greek Christians in Smyrna. The article praises Ataturk as a leader who defended his people and defeated the British and the Greeks. The article expresses admiration for Ataturk because he “steered a strongly secular course.” It also venerates this same genocidal leader because “He abolished Sharia law” and “looked to Western success for inspiration to modernize Turkey.”
The author of this article compares Turkey with Germany, since both were defeated in the First World War, and both were occupied by the victors. The Alt-Right author, in words typically used by sympathizers to Nazism, says that what the Entente did to Turkey after World War One, “was much like [what] the victors had done to Germany, but worse.” In another praise for Germany’s and Turkey’s rising above its squalor after their defeat in WW1, the author writes: “The 1920s and 1930s were a tumultuous time of grim struggle and energizing rebirth throughout many nations, and Turkey was one of them.”
The author, in utter Rightwing claptrap, affirms that Turkey needed a “strong leader” to control the “multiculturalism” of Turkey:
“Turkey itself was very multicultural, and without a strong government to suppress by force the inevitable tensions, fissures in their core homeland became evident.”
This is exactly how the Young Turks, who took control over Turkey, thought when they conducted the extermination of Armenians and Greeks. To them, there was too much diversity in the Ottoman Empire, too many different races that hindered the utopian vision of a racially homogeneous society. And is it not both revealing and disturbing that numerous figures in the Rightwing are speaking favorably towards racial ideology and genocidal governments like Turkey? This admiration for Turkey and its brutality was exhibited by the Germans after the First World War.
In the heat of the late Summer in 1922, the Greeks invaded Istanbul, wanting to make it into what was once theirs: Christian Constantinople. In September of 1922, Ataturk led his forces into the Greek Christian city of Smyrna, where Turkish forces raped and butchered hundreds of thousands.
After this, in the same month, the Turks put the Greeks to flight. The brutality and cruelty of the Turks were admired by the Germans who saw such evil as an example for their own country to follow. There was a writer who expressed this admiration for Turkish brutality and exhorted the Germans to emulate this very wanton cruelty. His name was Hans Trobst, a German mercenary who fought for Ataturk from 1921 to 1923.
In a series of articles written for the German nationalist newspaper, Heimatland (Homeland), Trobst praised the Turks for their “National will” in their struggle against the British and the Greeks and for their “liberation of Izmir [Smyrna]”, that is, the destruction and rape of Smyrna. Comparing Turkey’s struggle and Germany being imposed with the Treaty of Versailles, Trobst hailed the Turks for taking victory through sheer force and tenacity and saw their will as exemplary for the German nation:
“Through its own power Turkey has torn apart its own dictated ‘Versailles Peace’ and has asserted its own will to live against a world of enemies.”
Trobst, in praising the Turks, said that the Germans needed to have the “ability to destroy anybody working against them ruthlessly and forever. …This destruction must take a shape that is final and visible to everyone. This way the movement is preceded by terror, and only terror in its most blatant form today has an impact on unnerved and tired mankind. In this respect the Turks are exemplary teachers.”
There was another evil exhibited by the Turks which Trobst wanted Germany to emulate: the eugenist extermination done by the Young Turks against the Christian Armenians and Greeks. Presaging Nazi eugenics, Trobst hailed Turkish eugenics as “national purification,” stating:
“Hand in hand with the establishment of a united front must be national purification. In this respect the circumstances were the same in Asia Minor as here. The bloodsuckers and parasites on the Turkish national body were Greeks and Armenians. They had to be eradicated and rendered harmless; otherwise the whole struggle for freedom would have been put in jeopardy. Gentle measures — that history has always shown — will not do in such cases. And consideration for the so-called ‘long establishment’ or ‘decent’ elements, or whatever these catchwords may be, would be fundamentally wrong, because the result would compromise, and compromise is the beginning of the end. …Almost all those of foreign background (Fremdstammige) in the area of combat had to die; their number is not put too low with 500,000.”
Trobst believed that the extermination was necessary because the “Armenians and the Greeks multiplied very fast in comparison with the Turks,” and he went on to describe them as leaching off “the ever more powerless [Turkish] population totally at their mercy.” (7)
The support for the extermination of the Armenians cannot be limited to one German mercenary; for it came right from the upper echelons of the German government. Hans von Seeckt, a major German general of the First World War, and a virulent nationalist, expressed his utter support for the extermination of the Armenians. In a letter to Berlin von Seeckt wrote:
“It is an impossible state of affairs to be allied with the Turks and to stand up for the Armenians. In my view, any consideration, Christian, sentimental or political, must be eclipsed by its clear necessity for the war effort.”
The Germans not only supported the genocide, they facilitated it as well. It was Germany who sent Lenin from Switzerland to Russia and funded his Bolshevik Revolution. The Germans did this because they understood that communism would weaken Russia, which was dominating the Germans and the Austro-Hungarians prior to the Bolshevik takeover. When the Marxists took control, Russia became something of a puppet for the Germans. When the Germans demanded a huge chunk of Russian territory, the Marxists obeyed and gave it to them, and with this land the Germans carved out what is called Ukraine today. Since the Ottomans were allies with Germany, they demanded that Russia handover Armenia (which was territory that had belonged to the Russian empire). The Bolsheviks conceded to this demand, and with Armenia back in Ottoman control, the Muslims and their Young Turk overlords executed their genocidal policy, with German support. When discussing the Armenian Genocide, we always solely attribute it to Muslims. But this was not entirely the case. The Armenian Genocide was carried out by Muslim killers, planned and devised by eugenist Turkish elites, and facilitated by German allies.
As Germany admired Turkey for its brutality and cruelty, so the Ottomans saw Japanese brutality, nationalism and martial prowess as exemplary. For example, the Syrian protestant writer, Faris al-Khuri, expressed his awe after hearing a story about a Japanese woman for committing suicide in order to prevent herself from stopping her son from fighting the Russians:
“Today I read a short story al-Diya published called ‘The Old Japanese Woman’ in which she committed suicide in order not to obstruct her son from plunging into the deluge of war. I saw it as an extraordinarily good portrayal, and the quintessential line from it was a saying in Japanese: ‘If we are yellow, what harm is it to us? Does yellowing spoil gold?’ If you come across the latest issue of al-Diya, read it and take pleasure in it.”
Intellectuals in the Ottoman Empire believed that the East had entered a state of ignorance, but that it was evolving into superiority, and Japan was a sign of this rise to a higher level above Europe. Eastern superiority was expressed in a 1910 issue of al-Irfan, a magazine ran by Ahmad Arif al-Zayn, in which it states that the West was due to fall, not because of religion or morality, but because of “natural law,” thus illustrating the Darwinist ideology that was subscribed to within intellectual circles in the Ottoman Empire. While the West was due to fall according to nature’s whims, Easterners were naturally set for “progress.” As the publication states:
“Westerners, their sun inclined to set due to natural law, and Easterners enjoying a perpetual radiance in their pure lands. …Easterners have a deep-rooted past. Civilization developed and reaped the fruits of its harvest in their lands and in the East today remains this civilization and progress — what Westerners reached in comparison with it is confusing and baffling, yet most of it had been achieved more than a thousand years ago! And these priceless vestiges are sufficient alone to indicate the complete predisposition of Easterners for progress.”
The Young Turks wanted to reverse the conventional social-Darwinist thought so prevalent in the Western world: that the white man was superior to the Asian. By fixating themselves on the Japanese victory over Russia, these Ottoman intellectuals wanted to use this to prove that it was the Oriental who was naturally superior to the European. As the Young Turk magazine, Sura-yi Ummet, states:
“Some Europeans and some Ottomans who imitate whatever they see without understanding, consider us a race in the lower part of the racial hierarchy. Let us say it in plain Turkish: they regard the Turks as second class human beings. Japanese people, being of the stock of the yellow race, are annihilating the slander against nature with the progress in their country and with their cannons and rifles in Manchuria.”
Ahmed Riza, a prominent member of the Young Turks and a person who was amongst the ranks of the Ottoman elites, believed that Japan’s victory over Russia proved that the Asian races could be superior to European peoples; that a nation did not need to be Christian to be advanced in civilization, and that the reason why the Japanese race was at a higher level in its evolutionary “progress,” was because it was “isolated and preserved”. As Riza wrote:
“There are multiple well-merited lessons that the war permitted the Japanese to give to the ‘superior races’. … One cannot doubt the pre-eminence of the social and political institutions of Japan, a so-called inferior race by most of those peoples upon whom the patent of superiority is conferred. The splendid victory of the Japanese has proved the Christian world arrogant; that it is not indispensable for a people to embrace morality, civilization, and an aptitude for progress. …Likewise events of the Far East have put forth evidence of the uselessness of interventions, frequent if pernicious, of Europe for reforming a people. On the contrary, the more isolated and preserved from contact with European invaders and plunderers a people is, the better is the measure of [their] evolution toward a rational renovation.”
Japan’s ultra-nationalism against Europeans and other Asians was admired by the elites of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman writer, Ahmed Munir, expressed this admiration for Japanese nationalism:
“in Asia, nationalism (milliyetperverlik), patriotism (vatanperverlik), constitutionalism (mesrutiyet perverlik) and military technology have so rapidly advanced that Europe has not attained even one of these achievements in the same era of progress.”
Abdurresid Ibrahim, a Tatar intellectual who became a major influence for the Young Turks, looked to the rigidness, excessive nationalism, and the emperor worship of the Japanese as his inspiration for a pan-Asian hegemony. “The military, commanders and officers,” wrote Ibrahim, “their religion and their beliefs are obedience to His Majesty the Emperor Mikado who is their sovereign, and service to their nation.” Ibrahim went on to praise the Japanese field marshal, Oyama Iwao, one of the founders of the Imperial Japanese Army, as “perhaps the foremost among those who took upon themselves the need to preserve this national morality (ahlak-l milliye)”.
The Japanese businessman, Yamada Torajiro, wrote a letter to the Ottoman foreign affairs, Said Pasha, in which he described the relationship between Turkey and Japan as one that will last for eternity; he stated that the ties forged between the two countries will restore the greatness of Asia, and expressed pan-Asianist racial superiority by affirming that the Asian race was the first human race to have come into existence:
“If we compare the continent of Asia to the several other kingdoms of the world, we shall find out that the kingdoms of Asia are the most ancient, it is the largest of the four quarters of the globe, the disposition of its people are mild. They are renowned for their literature and military art, and they were the first inhabitants of the world. The fortunes and conditions of Asia have changed since the middle ages. Annam has been overrun and its monarchy overthrown within the last few years. Persia, Afghanistan, Siam, Corea, etc. are reduced and their ancient greatness disappeared; and now Turkey, Japan and China are the only three independent kingdoms which compare in power to the several other kingdoms of the civilized world, but we greatly feel dissatisfaction on account of the non-existence of a communication between each other. Turkey has been the first to send an ambassador to our country to cement a friendship which we trust will continue to all eternity and insure the return of the former great influence and power of Asia.”
Mehmed Zeki, who served as a commander for the Ottoman military, wrote a whole book in praise of Japan entitled, Japan’s Past, Present and Future, described the Japanese as a distinct race in the Creation of Allah:
“For just as the Creator still honors the country of Japan with local distinguishing characteristics, so He commanded the Japanese heart, a wellspring of virtues always flowing, his intellect a storehouse of skillful aptitude, to reach and desire without envy.”
There is a similar spirit that lodges inside both of the souls of the Japanese and the Turks: it is the spirit of callous detachment, to make oneself unaccountable to the evils that one does, and indifferent to human suffering. This similarity in spirit is represented by their two related religions: Sufism in Turkey and Mahayana Buddhism in Japan. Both of these religions stress becoming callous.
This emphasis on detachment is so strong within Buddhism that it can enable one even to kill his own parents. One of the best examples of this within Buddhism is when the Buddhist king Ajatasatru murdered his father Bimbisara, and Manjusri, the infamous disciple of the Buddha himself, excuses his murder by saying that the thoughts which drove him to commit patricide “did not undermine the essential purity of his mind (citta-mula-visuddhi).”
Rumi, the most reputable of all Sufi authorities, recounts a story in which a Hindu boy is taken prisoner by the Muslim tyrant Mahmud, and in turn weeps since he misses his mother and father. Rumi then says, “The mother and father are your attachment to beliefs and blood-ties and desires and comforting habits. Don’t listen to them! They seem to protect, but they imprison. They are your worst enemies. They make you afraid of living in emptiness.” In other words, your parents, or any relations, are your enemies that keep you away from spiritual enlightenment.
The desire to form a spiritual union between the Japanese and the Turks was reflected in the spiritual practice of Asci Dede Ibrahim, an Ottoman Ministry of War official and a devout Sufi who was so fanatical about the Japanese that “he felt called to pray for the Japanese, and even came to believe he was their ‘spiritual commander.’”
The fascination with Japan and its nationalism by the Ottoman Empire will be, I believe, continuing into the future, and will help motivate and facilitate an Ottoman, German and Japanese alliance. The Young Turks revered the Japanese for their barbarism (giving them the title, with pride, of “barbarians”), their callousness while conducting massacres, and also for the love of patriotism. In the Sura-yi Ummet it reads a praise to the Japanese:
“Behold the work of these barbarians … they whose civilization, achieved in half a century, has become superior to European civilization which has fallen into decay; they who do not have to reproach massacres, who do not have to gag any mouths out of which a liberal word came, who do not have to exile or suppress patriots, who do not have to dynamite any human beings under the pretext that their skin was dark and that it constituted a happy pastime!” (Quoted by Worringer, ch. 5, p. 142)
The Ottoman military officer, Pertev Bey, praised the Japanese soldiers, and wrote in awe of how they went “one by one, like a machine, emotionless, heartless, spiritless, voiceless” to defend Japan with “patriotic affection”. This talk of patriotism, alongside a reverence for Japan, went in hand in hand with the Ottoman belief in the superiority of the Turanian race. This glorification of the Japanese as a race, overlapped and interconnected with Ottoman universalist religion.
In this spirit of cruelty, both the Ottomans and the Japanese showed the same level of sadism and bloodlust in their genocides. In one description of the Japanese massacre of the city of Nanking in China, it is said that
“a pregnant woman began to fight for her life, clawing desperately at a soldier to drag her away from the group to rape her. Nobody helped her, and in the end the soldier killed her, ripping open her belly with his bayonet and jerking out not only her intestines but a squirming fetus. …The Japanese directed burial operations with the precision and efficiency of an assembly line. Soldiers would force one group of Chinese captives to dig a grave, a second group to bury the first, and then a third group to bury the second and so on. Some victims were partially buried to their chests or necks so that they would endure further agony, such as being hacked to pieces by swords or run over by horses and tanks. … In Hsiakwan a Japanese soldier bound Chinese captives together, ten at a time, and pushed them into a pit, where they were sprayed with gasoline and ignited.” (8)
In a 1915 account of the massacres done against the Armenians by Ottoman soldiers, reveals the same evil spirit:
“Early in July, the authorities ordered the Armenians to surrender their arms, and pay a large money ransom. The leading Armenians of the town and the headman of the villages were subjected to revolting tortures. Their finger nails and then their toe nails were forcibly extracted; their teeth were knocked out, and in some cases their noses were whittled down, the victims being thus done to death under shocking, lingering agonies. The female relatives of the victims who came to the rescue were outraged in public before the very eyes of their mutilated husbands and brothers. The shrieks and death-cries of the victims filled the air, yet they did not move the Turkish beast. …The shortest method of disposing of the women and children concentrated in the various camps was to burn them. Fire was set to large wooden sheds in Alidjan, Megrakom, Khaskegh, and other Armenian villages, and these absolutely helpless women and children were roasted to death. Many went mad and threw their children away; some knelt down and prayed amid the flames in which their bodies were burning; others shrieked and cried for help which came from nowhere. And the executioners, who seem to have been unmoved by this unparalleled savagery, grasped infants by one leg and hurled them into the fire, calling out to the burning mothers: ‘Here are your lions.’” (9)
In the same account it reads that:
“In the town of Moush itself the Armenians, under the leadership of Gotoyan and others, entrenched themselves in the churches and stone-built houses and fought for four days in self-defense. The Turkish artillery, manned by German officers, made short work of all the Armenian positions.”
German officers were manning the artillery against the Armenians, showing further the German role in the Armenian Genocide. Germany, Turkey and Japan, their histories being filled with eugenics, hatred against Catholicism, genocide and imperialism, are goat nations that were and still are of the spirit of the Antichrist.
As long as you have people who believe that their race is superior to other races, there will always be war. The downfall of humanity began, and continues to begin, with anger. Eve wanted to consume the forbidden fruit because she was discontent — she was angry — with her position. She wanted to be a god. Mankind today is continuously discontent, he is ceaselessly angry, with his position, always wanting more, always viciously ambitious to rise above his state and dominate others. As long as you have anger and discontentment, there will always be war.
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There is a very detailed book on the subject of pan-Asianism, from which I took much of the information for this article, its entitled, Ottomans Imagining Japan, by Renee Worringer.
(1) Rousseau, Social Contract, ch. 8
(2) Rousseau, Social Contract, ch. 9
(3) Eusebius, Church History, 5.1
(4) See Mark Greengraas, Christendom Destroyed, ch. 3, p. 95
(5) See Fr. John S. Rader & Kateryna Fedoryka, The Pope and the Holocaust, ch. v, p. 6
(6) Worringer, Ottomans Imagining Japan, Introduction, p. 5
(7) See Ihrig, Ataturk in the Nazi Imagination, ch. 2, pp. 82-86
(8) Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking, ch. 4, pp. 85-87, ellipses mine
(9) Bitlis, Moush and Sassoun: Record of an Interview with Roupen, of Sassoun, By Mr. A.S. Safrastian; Dated Tiflis, 6th November, 1915, in Viscount Bryce, The Treatment of Armenians, ch. 3, pp. 85-86