Anyone who has followed recent events in Europe, with the Continent being overrun by Muslim refugees on the one hand, and Turkish President Erdogan’s bellicose threats on the other, must wonder why any sane Western leader would want to have a Muslim nation as a partner in the European Union, or the NATO Alliance.
Since 2015, vast numbers of Muslim refugees have entered Europe via Turkey, which has offered itself as a transit point for Muslims, who want an early, soft retirement in Europe. Two million Muslim men of military age have found their way to Germany, thanks to Turkey’s role as a stop-over, and thanks to German Chancellor Merkel’s liberal entry policy. At the same time, Erdogan has pressed for Turkish admission to the EU, and has promised to send more refugees, if Turkey’s application is rejected. He has even threatened Europe with violence.
No reasonable European would welcome Erdogan’s Muslim belligerence into the community, nor is anyone required to. However, reason has not prevailed for some time in the capitals of Western Europe. But nationalist governments – like those of Hungary and Poland – get closer each day. Besides voting down Turkish membership in the EU, what else could nationalist European governments do, with regard to Turkey?
Europe can expel Turkey from the NATO Alliance. Although the Treaty has no explicit provision for expulsion, ordinary parliamentary procedure allows any organization to expel a member. Thus, a 2/3 majority vote of NATO members would be sufficient for expulsion, even if the United States were to oppose the measure.
The specific basis for expulsion of Turkey is violation of Article 2 of the NATO Treaty.
Article 2 reads: “The Parties will contribute toward…peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions…and by promoting conditions of [internal] stability and well-being.”
- Turkey has become a repressive Islamic state and has permitted 2 million Muslim marauders to use its territory as a base to reach Western Europe. They in turn began a rolling wave of Muslim crime, gang rape, and instability in European cities. As stated above, Turkey’s President has threatened Europe with even more violence.
And NATO’s mission statement should also be considered in an expulsion hearing. It reads, in part: “The Parties to this Treaty…are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of their peoples.”
- Turkish ambitions to export Islam to Europe and expand territorially at the expense of NATO member-states, conflict with the NATO mission to protect and perpetuate the historic peoples of Europe.
In light of the above, Turkey’s actions should be interpreted as an attack upon Europe. Therefore, the NATO Alliance is duty-bound to expel Turkey as a member. It would be no loss. In the post-Cold War world, without a Bolshevik Russia threatening to export communism, using the Dardenelles Straits to bottle up the Russian Fleet is completely unnecessary, especially when modern Russia can become a most valuable ally in the war against Islamic fundamentalism.
Lastly, as Turkey’s actions are an attack on Europe, the collective defense provisions of Treaty Article 5 authorize NATO to follow expulsion, with military action. In order to ensure that it does not threaten Europe again, Turkey should be invaded and partitioned. Only a century ago, Turkey seized territory from its neighbors – those territories can be returned. Greece for example, could regain Constantinople. This would place the European side of the Dardanelles and Bosporus Straits in friendly hands. She could also regain the coastal zones of Asia Minor. And partition would solve the Cyprus Question, with that island returning to Greece. Armenia could be reunited with her ancient lands around Mount Ararat. The stateless Kurds claim a significant portion of southeastern Turkey – they could be united with their kinsmen in northern Iraq. And last but not least, Syria could reclaim Antioch and Alexandretta.
Up to now, President Erdogan of Turkey has had his way in exporting Islam and terror into Europe. The question now facing the West is: shall NATO expel and partition Turkey, or shall Turkey expel NATO and change the face of Europe?
Mr. Cloutier is the author of Three Kings: Axis Royal Armies on the Russian Front 1941, and Three Kings: Axis Royal Armies on the Russian Front 1942.
BELOW: SEE MAPS THROUGH RECENT TIME OF TURKEY AND ITS NEIGHBORS
Below: Map of Turkey Showing its Territorial Claims in Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.
Below: The Kurds claim southeastern Turkey as part of their ethnic homeland, which also extends into Iraq.
Below: Distribution of Armenians in 1900 and 2000.
Below: Distribution of Greeks in 1900 and 2000.
Below: Turkey after Treaty of Sevres, 1920. The treaty recognized Greek and Armenian territorial claims.
Below: The Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 gave Turkey its present boundaries, except for Antioch and Alexandretta (Iskenderun) in the south, which were part of Syria. However, France controlled Syria until 1946 and ceded Antioch and Alexandretta to Turkey, in 1938-1939. The region took the name of Hatay and became a part of Turkey, as reflected in the map:
Below: Antioch (Antakya) and Alexandretta (Iskenderun) were part of Syria until 1938, when Turkey took over.