Turkish bestseller: “Who will kill the Pope in Istanbul?” Update: Merkel defends Benedict

posted at 12:14 pm on September 15, 2006 by Allahpundit

Assassination fantasies — they’re not just for western leftists anymore!

Benedict XVI is set to visit Turkey in November, for those looking to descry omens, here’s one that’s not terribly encouraging: A potboiler novel currently on bestseller lists in Turkey titled Papa’ya suikast (“Attack on the Pope”) predicts that Benedict will be assassinated.

Written by novelist Yücel Kaya, the book is subtitled, “Who will kill Benedict XVI in Istanbul?”

In a little more than 300 pages, Kaya manages to weave the Turkish Secret Service, the infamous Masonic lodge P2, and (of course) Opus Dei into his plot line. Inevitably, Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, also makes an appearance.

All this might seem comical were it not for the fact that in the last seven months, three Catholic priests have been attacked in Turkey, beginning with the murder of Italian missionary Fr. Andrea Santoro on February 5.

Here’s the cover. The “fictional” Pope sure seems to bear a striking resemblance to the real one:

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Turkey, of course, is the “moderate” Muslim state. “Mein Kampf” was a bestseller there as recently as last year, and one of their most popular films for three years running features Gary Busey as a Mengele-esque organ-harvesting Jewish doctor. Yes, really.

One of the top deputies in the country’s ruling party compared the Pope to Hitler today for his comments about Islam. Presumably, he meant it as a compliment. Meanwhile, terrorists are lining up to denounce the Pope’s extremism. Hezbollah’s “spiritual leader,” Ayatollah Mohammed Fadlallah, wants an apology from the Pope himself, not from his press office, and Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh is vowing protests to express Palestinian anger. There’s already been an explosion outside a church in Gaza, and the brainwashing proceeds apace:

The Pope’s comments were a hot topic on a pro-Hamas radio show for children.

“What do you say about the man who said some bad words about Islam and the Prophet Mohammad?” the radio host asked a 8-year-old Hanin.

Hanin answered: “He is ugly and his words are ugly.”

An official from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt ups the ante from yesterday by saying not only is this comparable to the Mohammed cartoons — it’s actually much worse:

Abdel Monem Aboul Foutouh, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s main opposition group, said he expected “an extreme reaction” to the pope’s comments, which were “more offensive to Islam than the caricatures because they come from a leader representing millions of people and not a journalist.”

Here’s your Orwellian quote of the day, though. From Pakistan:

“Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.

AFP surveys the scene and identifies the problem — the Pope isn’t media savvy enough.

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Update: Serious question — what was the Pope’s strategy in giving this speech? We all knew they’d react this way; surely he did too. Did he bait them purposely, so that they’d demonstrate his point?

Update: Telling the truth about genocide in Turkey is a criminal offense.

Update: It figures that when we need the west to show some balls, we have to turn to a female leader. Fitting on the day Fallaci died.


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Truth hurts, does it not?

Kini on September 15, 2006 at 12:31 PM

“Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence.”

Does the spokeswoman not get the bald irony? How can anyone utter these words with a straight face??

If you call me violent again I’ll kill you.

Oh. Ok.

Rosetta on September 15, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Serious question — what was the Pope’s strategy in giving this speech? We all knew they’d react this way; surely he did too. Did he bait them purposely, so that they’d demonstrate his point?

I have to find the quote, but he has said that Islam has to be confronted.

Iblis on September 15, 2006 at 12:39 PM

Well that’s Islam for you. Disagreement = punishable by death.

venmax on September 15, 2006 at 12:47 PM

what was the Pope’s strategy in giving this speech?

He’s been apparently vacillating on this since his tenure began. But I’d guess he’s provoking open acknowledgement of the incompatibility of the West and Islam, but slowly, easing into it, maybe so it doesn’t seem like he started it.

Speaking of incompatibility, the last thing the EU needs is a country that won’t admit its own genocide, never mind one that loves Mein Kampf.

Alex K on September 15, 2006 at 12:49 PM

I assumed when they picked a German guy, instead of the much-pressured direction of a third worlder (where the Church has more a future anyway), that they were making some sort of point about defending Europe. And here’s Mark Steyn on the subject:

“Hence his choice of name. Saint Benedict was the man who ensured during the Dark Ages that critical elements of Greek and Roman civilizations were preserved. The new Pope once quoted a Benedictine motto: “Pruned, it grows again.”"

Alex K on September 15, 2006 at 12:52 PM

Re the last picture: can someone tell what the yellow sign on the very right says? It seems to me to say “Jihad is hump of Islam”. Hump? Am I reading that correctly?

And anyone notice the “Jihad is our way” sign? Yes. Certainly promotes the image of a peaceful, non-violent, non-confrontational Islam.

Muslihoon on September 15, 2006 at 1:00 PM

If they went ape turd over cartoons, imagine what this will lead to. CNS has a piece hilariously titled Muslims Enraged by Pope’s Remarks on Spreading Islam by Violence.

Valiant on September 15, 2006 at 1:17 PM

This thing was presented to a group of scientists at a university. The main thrust of the speech was how Christianity and reason aren’t polar opposites; that the Christian faith and Greek reasoning have a long and compatible history. It wasn’t really about Islam at all.

He did mention that jihad is inconsistent with religious faith. Conversion at the point of the sword should not be confused with real faith. He points out the inconsistency of jihad and “no compulsion” being taught in the Koran.

Rather than calmly address this contradiction the mullah’s have whipped up a mob to protest. I’d bet 99% of the protesters don’t have any idea what their demonstrating about.

Anyway, to answer your question, his job is to “sell” Catholicism. He’s showing his products strengths and showing the competitor’s weaknesses, eg. it’s not a religion of peace, is illogical & unreasonable. The uproar underscores his point, whether he meant for it to happen or not.

jdpaz on September 15, 2006 at 1:29 PM

I don’t think he meant to make a remark about jihad or Islam: he was just using it as an example. He could have, and might have, used anything else.

I’m a bit confused, to tell the truth. He must have known the world would know about this lecture. There are hundreds of Catholic news services that would have provided the lecture’s text or a link to it. As since jihad, Islam, or even violence wasn’t really the focus of this lecture (his focus was the essential nature of rationality in religion, even in understanding God), I’m puzzled why he chose that particular example only to backtrack later on. He’s a smart man. But he is human: maybe he made a mistake. I don’t know.

Muslihoon on September 15, 2006 at 1:40 PM

Isn’t it time Muslims proved their peaceful intentions by giving back occupied Constantinople?

Terp Mole on September 15, 2006 at 1:49 PM

Did he bait them purposely, so that they’d demonstrate his point?

Probably not, but I find the irony enlightening. “We’re not violent. Islam is a religion of peace. Convert or we’ll chop off your head, drag your dead body through the streets and hang you on a bridge.” (as they throw molotov cocktails)

pullingmyhairout on September 15, 2006 at 1:50 PM

Huh.

At least they called him “Mister” Pope…

Slublog on September 15, 2006 at 1:50 PM

I have the same question as Muslihoon. Does that sign say “Jihad is the hump of Islam”? What the hell does that mean?

vcferlita on September 15, 2006 at 1:52 PM

I think there may be a closet protest warrior in that crowd, their sign is almost saying “Islam=BUFU” ,at least that is my sick take,and I’m sticking with it.

bbz123 on September 15, 2006 at 1:57 PM

I think he realizes, like many of us are starting to, that this IS a religious conflict…. Islam, as written in the Koran, IS the problem. This very reaction shows that the religion they espouse is in direct contradiction with the western ideas of self determination, and free will (not to mention, free speech).

And its not just a few jihadists… moderate Moslems CANNOT speak out against the Jihadists, or they are marked as heretics, which in their religion, is punishable by death…

The Pope is finaly saying what needs to be said.

Romeo13 on September 15, 2006 at 1:57 PM

speaking of the signs, has anyone else noticed that the fonts and styling of these protest posters are alike? If you take a look at the “beheading” ones, etc., they all look like they were made at the “jihadi protest-poster factory.” seriously. I think some enterprising soul is making a fortune selling these things to protest rallies.

pullingmyhairout on September 15, 2006 at 2:00 PM

Oh I see… all those cartoon thingys we thought were riots… that was just a public display of Islamic tolerance… Riight… how silly we are.

E L Frederick on September 15, 2006 at 2:13 PM

RE “Hump” sign: my vote is for “Jihad is Kamp of Islam”.

Jihad is the struggle (Mein Kampf) of Islam.

These guys are very media-savvy: signs in English, advertising their website.

jdpaz on September 15, 2006 at 2:17 PM

Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence.”

Does the spokeswoman not get the bald irony? How can anyone utter these words with a straight face??

If you call me violent again I’ll kill you.

Oh. Ok.

Damn Rosetta, you read my mind. Don’t look at the advertisements though…it’s a mess in there. I enjoyed that quote…kinda has a Mafia extortion racket bit to it…ya know, you gotta nice place here; be a shame if someone came in and tore it up…ya gotta pay for protection ya know.’ Seriously though, the people who say that with a straight face are the ones who know the MSM will never ask them a question about it. Ok, well, maybe they’ll send Mike Wallace over there to slobber on their shoes, but there won’t be any questioning. Man, these people have no fear at all of being challenged..sad.

austinnelly on September 15, 2006 at 3:18 PM

Yep, it is “hump”. Via Confederate Yankee: Lost In Translation.

Jamaat-e Islami is one of the most influential and clout-y (is that even a word) Islamist organizations in Pakistan. I don’t like them one bit, though.

Muslihoon on September 15, 2006 at 4:00 PM

Regarding the novel mentioned by Allah: I am very, very opposed to and offended by anything depicting violence to or, worse yet, the assassination of an incumbent authority. This applies to the Pope, the President of The United States, the Queen of England, the King of Saudi Arabia, and so on and so forth. It’s utterly tasteless and completely inappropriate. Once the authority has been succeeded, then people can write what they want (in which case it becomes a “what if” or somesuch issue), but never when an authority is still in office.

Muslihoon on September 15, 2006 at 4:08 PM

What you gon’ do with all that junk?
All that junk inside your trunk?
I’ma get, get, get, get, you drunk,
Get you love drunk off my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little JIHAD! (Check it out)

jdpaz on September 15, 2006 at 4:21 PM

New Pope Shows Spine
Islamonazi CAIR Is Not Impressed

http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/MS091506.php – video

Please Call The Vatican Embassy In Washington, DC at (202) 333-7121 to Express Your Support!

intelsum on September 15, 2006 at 5:44 PM

Lol! Finally someone besides Bush is in trouble!

venmax on September 15, 2006 at 10:36 PM

Pope Benedict: ”The world needs God. We need God, but what God,” the pope asked. ”We do not fail to show respect for other religions and cultures, profound respect for their faith, when we proclaim clearly and uncompromisingly the God who encounters violence with his own suffering; who in the face of the power of evil exalts his mercy, in order than evil may be limited and overcome.”

As someone mentioned earlier, he was speaking of the sort radical individualism — as an outgrowth of secularization — that relegates religion to subculture status. The real decisions in society are made without any connection to the divine, is his fear for humankind. Hardened hearts and hardened ears that do not listen to reason beyond utilitarianism.

This is not the first time that this great man has spoken of these things, of course. His purpose, I think, was to provoke cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue — in the name of PEACE and social justice.

F. Rottles on September 16, 2006 at 12:06 AM

You can read his speech and judge for yourself:

Faith, Reason and the University, Memories and Reflections

Whatever the pope’s purpose when composing and delivering his remarks, it would be a very wise thing for the Vatican to publish translations in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and even Indonesian.

F. Rottles on September 16, 2006 at 12:47 AM

May God keep His Holiness safe, because the Turks probably won’t.

Abigail Adams on September 16, 2006 at 1:45 PM