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

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:


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.


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.