Erdogan upset with Merkel’s use of term “Islamist terror”

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got upset Thursday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel used the term “Islamist terror” as part of a list of threats against which she is battling.

“The expression Islamist terrorism seriously hurts us Muslims,” he said in Ankara, as the two sat next to each other in front of journalists.

“Islam and terror have nothing to do with each other.

“The meaning of the word Islam is peace.”

“There is a difference between the terms Islam and Islamist,” said Merkel in response, insisting: “We do everything possible to let Muslims in Germany live their religion freely.”

She noted that together with Muslims, she raised her voice against terrorism.

The debate over the terminology is hardly new.

Former U.S. president Barack Obama went to great lengths to avoid using the phrase at all, with his aides insisting that the words were counter-productive and most Muslims would condemn acts of terrorism.

“I think that for us to be successful in fighting this scourge, it’s very important for us to align ourselves with the 99.9 per cent of Muslims who are looking for the same thing we’re looking for: order, peace, prosperity,” Mr. Obama told CNN in 2015.

Many Republican leaders in the United States, however, were angered with the Democratic president over his language, some even insisting he use terms like “radical Islam.”

President Donald Trump has stepped up this rhetoric.

For example, he said he aimed to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists” when he imposed a ban on visas to citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.

Mr. Erdogan has not publicly waded into the debate over Mr. Trump’s ban, which has sparked outrage amongst many liberals and Muslim communities in the United States.

Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with key advisors who have made regular comments against Islam, with some insisting that they see the religion itself as an enemy.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • Watch man

    “The expression Islamist terrorism seriously hurts us Muslims,”
    What then are you guys if not Islamic terrorists?

    • adekenny

      The world will never know peace unless the stop the conspiracy against the Muslim!

      • larrynext

        can you hear yourself? “Conspiracy against muslim” or muslim conspiracy against the world. Pls get enlightened

      • Charles

        OK, WHAT YOU MEAN IS THAT UNLESS THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST MUSLIM IS STOPPED, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A THREAT AGAINST WORLD PEACE.

  • justice uloko

    The people who commit evil act by beheading, and bombing are Muslims. So using the word Islamic terrorist is a good idea.

  • Decimator

    Even when the Terror group called themselves Islamic state of Iraqi and Syria (ISIS) and continuously portray the Islamist undertone in their utterances and actions, we should exonerate them by separating them from the very Islamist undertone they acclaim themselves.

    What an unfounded argument from the then Muslim president of the United States of America. Barrack Hussein Obama.

    If the phrase Islamist Terrorism is a general insult on Muslims, then the Muslims should direct their anger and frustration on the terrorist who use Islam and Jihadism to justify their actions. Period

  • Wisdom Alpha

    Islam is terrorism and terrorism is Islam!!