“Ahmet Hoca [teacher], bring us to Ottoman [times]” a group of Turkish AKP party members cried out while Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was giving a speech in Istanbul headquarters for the Eid al-Fitr holiday on July 17 to end Ramadan.
Davutoğlu responded with: “God willing, we will bring the order and justice of the Ottomans to today and into tomorrow.” The speech was about his political outlook after last month’s general election, in which the AKP lost its parliamentary majority. The persistent Islamist party who refuse to quit their Ottoman dream, although they still have a majority in the parliament want a comeback.
Davutoğlu comes with a prophetic vision. In one speech by Davutoğlu entitled “Vision 2023″ at the official archives of the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no one (until now) quoted his prophecy he made in 2002 where he predicted that a “black president” would soon sit in the White House who would be “a globalist,” and he declared later that President Obama was that man.
Davutoğlu said that Obama was key to a new world order since he believed that Obama’s “global approach” entitled him to be called “Marcus Aurelieus” because he succeeded in establishing Davutoğlu’s new Roman Empire:
In 2002, on a TV program conference, it was an analysis, and I said what the US needed was a black president in order to achieve this inclusiveness as a global power. The 19th century US was a continental power. In the 20th century, it became an international power. But a global power means you have to represent everyone, not only one. In the Middle East, the US is losing credibility because people think that the US represents only the Israeli interests; or, in other parts, as well, the US as a leading global power should be as much inclusive as possible. And President Obama, therefore, was a good symbol for the new global approach of the US. His promises and speeches were reflecting, comparing to my analysis in 2002, like a philosophical approach of Marcus Aurelieus. Now, President Obama is going to enter a new election, and it will affect the next four years. We strongly supported his speeches in Cairo, in Ankara, in many places, in the early years of his administration.
And if Obama was the architect of global chaos, Davutoğlu is the architect of a dramatic shift in Ankara’s regional policy. After the AKP came to power in 2002, he spearheaded the call to revive the Ottoman Empire. Even later, the year he became foreign minister in 2009, Davutoğlu said, “We are the new Ottomans.”
And if anyone could imitate Adolf Hitler in his style of speech, it’s Davutoğlu. In one speech, in similar fashion to the Third Reich, Davutoğlu vowed to control the entire Middle East and include it under the power of the Ottomans. This was clearest last year when he responded to his critics, who were skeptical about the suggestion that Turkey should revive its Ottoman dream and get involved in the Middle East.
Weeks before he was picked by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as his successor as prime minister, Davutoğlu slammed such skepticism in a Hitleric fiery speech during Ramadan last year, again delivered at the AKP’s Istanbul headquarters:
Unhindered by his critics, even the loss of some seats in the parliamentary, Davutoğlu is unwavering. Last week, he vowed, again, to bring the “order and justice” of the Ottoman Empire to today’s world.
The new Hitler of the Muslim world, etched his Mein Kampf in his 2001 book Strategic Depth (which had its 100th print run last year). In it, the former professor Davutoğlu articulated a vision, drawing on Turkey’s geography, economic power, and imperial history to reconnect with its historical “hinterland” in the former Ottoman territories.
What Davutoğlu wants is to reverse what western powers have accomplished in Sykes Picot when western powers divided all Ottoman controlled territory. Rather than being a country relegated to the periphery of Europe and NATO, Turkey should seize on historical, geographical, and cultural links with its neighbours, Mr Davutoğlu believed. Davutoğlu’s interpretation of geopolitics is based on an assumption that the spread of Western power into the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East is incongruent with Turkish national interests and must be reversed.
And, just in case some think that this ‘Hitler’ is kidding, Turkey’s rhetoric began to match their actions when Davutoğlu and Erdoğan backed the popular uprisings in Libya, Egypt, and Syria, and, unlike the sleeping west, they knew the outcome was Islamic revolutions. They broke with the entrenched leadership and embraced the Islamists, with whom they had shared a common ideological lineage. And when Syria’s Bashar Al Assad would not fall like Muammar Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak, Turkey went so far as to open its southern border to the anti-regime rebels. They spearheaded the war against Al-Assad with support from the U.S. and western allies.
And, as it seems, there is a timeframe and a deadline set: 2023. “Whatever we lost between 1911 and 1923, whatever lands we withdrew from, we shall once again meet our brothers in those lands between 2011 and 2023,” Davutoğlu said in 2012, referring to the World War I era and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. “We shall break the mould shaped for us by Sykes-Picot,” he said, a year later.
Even though many analysts think the thunder of the AKP Islamist party runs are over, Davutoğlu just warned his opponents at his headquarters to be ready for snap elections. And with the latest suicide bombing that killed 31 in a municipal culture center in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district, the AKP will probably begin to find its excuse to enter Syria and have boots on the ground under the guise of fighting ISIS.
While the latest elections sent a ‘no’ message to Erdoğan’s new ‘presidential system’ to become Sultan of the Ottomans, with a new election, the man who makes such a referendum and rewrites the constitution (changing set laws) will officially be the man to revive the Ottoman Empire, and, by 2023, they plan to retake what they believe was originally theirs: the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Jerusalem. Whether it will be Erdoğan, Davutoğlu, or another, eight years from now (2023) is not that far away to see if someone sits in the temple of God declaring himself to be God.