Mr. Erdogan (president of Turkey and soon to be all-powerful-ruler) called Dutch people fascists and offspring of Nazis who were known for “the genocide at Srebrenica.”
Quiet an accusation from a man who says that the murder of 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians and Ottoman Greeks by his own country does not account to genocide. In fact, he refuses to recognise it as such but is only all too willing to call the murder of eight thousand Bosnian Muslims in the Bosnian War genocide. Double standards?
By erecting a memorial statue for the victims in Istanbul Mr. Erdogan wants to promote himself as the self-appointed to-be leader of the Sunni Muslim world. In actual fact Mr. Erdogan is exploiting the tragic events at Srebrenica for his own political gain.
All of this is set against the backdrop of a vast amount of historical evidence which is especially painfull, namely that Turkey could have but didn’t save the Bosnians at the time. Hypocritically, Erdogan criticises the Dutch government, a government that tried to provide protection but didn’t get the military support to save Bosnian Muslims in the enclave of Srebrenica.