A new propaganda video has been released by the Turkish government, which demonstrates the neo-Ottoman desires of Tayyip Erdogan, who imagines himself a caliph from… Kızıl Elma and Manzikert to Mecca, the Balkans and Gibraltar.
The Church of Hagia Sophia is being used once again by Turkish propaganda, while a major effort is undertaken to link Tayyip Erdogan with the “glorious” Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and to emphasize indirectly that Turkey is the protector of Muslims everywhere.
The four-minute video, produced by the Ministry of Communications, is a combination of the glorious moments of the Ottoman Empire and modern-day Turkey, with Erdogan seen in the footage greeting the Fatih drillship.
To boost the morale of the Turkish people and the army, there are shots from the Turkish fleet, patrols of the Turkish infantry, intermingled with the Ottoman cavalry and raids of the Turkish army during the First World War, as well as images from Turkey’s demonstration aircraft units.
There is also footage from the Kaaba, the holy shrine of Muslims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Israel.
The propaganda video also includes janissaries welcoming Mehmed the Conqueror to Hagia Sophia after the Fall of Constantinople, with Tayyip Erdogan following in the footsteps as he walks out of the presidential palace attempting an obvious association.
The provocative video was also posted by the Minister of Communications, Fahrettin Altun, on his personal Twitter account commenting essentially on the magical thinking of Turkey and Erdogan, which seem to have… gone beyond normalcy and logic. “The Kızıl Elma (Red Apple Tree) for us is a big and strong Turkey. It is the glorious course of our nation, which wrote epics from Matzikert until July 15 (ed. 2016 coup d’état attempt against Erdogan). The Kızıl Elma is the big tree under its shade many oppressed people sit and rest. From Gibraltar to Hejaz (Mecca), from the Balkans to Asia, all humanity longs for it,” said provocatively Altun in his post.
Bizim için #Kızılelma büyük ve güçlü Türkiye’dir. Malazgirt’ten 15 Temmuz’a destanlar yazan milletimizin kutlu yürüyüşüdür.
Kızılelma, gölgesinde nice mazlumun serinlediği ulu çınardır.
Cebeli Tarık’tan Hicaz’a Balkanlardan Asya’ya tüm insanlığın hasretle beklediğidir. pic.twitter.com/sBLesuGqDH
— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) August 24, 2020