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Turkish politicians compete for knowledge of 10 commandments


Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Following Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s post-flotilla massacre reminder to Israel that “You shall not kill”, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu—leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), rival of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP)—jumped on the bandwagon by alerting the prime minister to the existence of additional commandments such as “You shall not steal” and “You shall not lie”.

It is not clear why Kılıçdaroğlu did not fully exploit biblical momentum in order to remind his predecessor Deniz Baykal, whom Kılıçdaroğlu replaced in May following the release of scandalous video footage, that “You shall not commit adultery.”

Alternatively, had the current CHP chairman wanted to direct his anti-theft lecture at things other than an administration known for its lack of corruption, he might have referenced a recent Jerusalem Post article in which Turkish residents of Tel Aviv surmised that an Israeli tourist boycott of Turkey would in fact boost Turkish retention of resources due to “Israeli tourists’ habit of stealing towels from Turkish hotels.”

Kılıçdaroğlu—whose billing by his supporters as “Gandhi” is aided by his glasses, mustache, and hairline—has confirmed the necessity of an international commission to investigate the flotilla attack. However, the following quote by the CHP leader in the English-language daily Today’s Zaman suggests that he is especially concerned with certain aspects of the investigation:

For what reason did the Turkish government not take the Israeli warnings into consideration? Who is responsible for sending civilians to their deaths?… [W]hat is the reason for the existence of the Turkish Republic? To send its citizens to their deaths?”

More worthy heirs of Gandhi’s legacy have meanwhile been identified by former U.S. Marine and flotilla survivor Ken O’Keefe, who casts the flotilla defenders as the “modern example of Gandhi’s essence.” As for the lack of biblical prohibitions on questioning the existence of the Turkish Republic, this void could always be filled by Article 301 of the national penal code criminalizing insults to Turkishness.



  1. CKCH says:

    ZING! Good article…:)

  2. Robin Yassin-Kassab says:


  3. Idrees says:

    Superb piece. It really cracked me up 🙂

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