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To the distinguished members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:

The time has come to expel Turkey from the command structure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and to cease all intelligence sharing with Turkey, which in word and deed sponsors terrorism and erodes regional security.

Turkey is a state sponsor of terrorism.
With each passing day, more details emerge that link the Turkish government to recognized Islamic terrorist groups, and newspapers like the Washington Post call for investigations of links between the Turkish prime minister and terrorist groups masquerading as charities. The evidence is damning:
-A declassified CIA report, "International Islamic NGOs and Links to Terrorism," identifies IHH as an organization employing or facilitating the activities of Bosnian terrorist groups, with links to extremist groups in Algeria and Iran.
-As Turkish authorities themselves concluded after confiscating the group's explosives and bomb-making instructions, "detained members of IHH were going to fight in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Chechnya."
-The IHH transferred tens of thousands of dollars to groups including al-Tadhamun, which reimburses the families of Arab suicide bombers for murdering Israeli civilians, and IHH head Bulent Yildrim has recently met Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniya.
-The IHH's flotilla lynch mob included passengers recruited specifically to attack Israeli soldiers.
-Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly and publicly praised the IHH-organized flotilla against Israel's naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, with flotilla delegates including Muslim Brotherhood members from Egypt and Jordan, and convicted PLO weapons smuggler Bishop Hilarion Capucci.
-The office of prime minister Erdogan is alleged to have bankrolled the IHH, or Insani Yardim Vakfi, earmarking funds for procuring ships specifically to challenge Israel's blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
-Erdogan reportedly also began deploying Turkish naval units in occupied North Cyprus to combat Israel's blockade.
Although delivery of the expired pharmaceuticals and military uniforms seized from the flotilla "aid" was delayed by Hamas, the true cargo of the flotilla was Islamist mercenaries, and diplomatic and political aid to the terrorist organization, Hamas. The United States should not abide terrorism, even when financed by a "strategic ally."

Turkey has demonstrably betrayed NATO and provided active assistance to the Alliance's enemies.
While the Turkish government give the Soviet military flyover permission to resupply the Egyptians and Syrians during the Yom Kippur War against Israel, Turkey actually refused NATO countries flyover rights to subdue Saddam Hussein's government, which brutally murdered and repressed the Kurds, who are but one of the nations victimized for centuries by the invading Turks. Most recently, Turkey has begun actively sharing intelligence with Iran, concluding various security agreements with a theocratic, brutally repressive regime obsessed with uncovering the "hidden Mahdi" and "wiping Israel off the face of the Earth." In essence, the Turks have refused to be useful to NATO at every juncture for cooperation, resolving instead to aid and abet the enemy. It is ludicrous and dangerous to continue stationing NATO air assets at Izmir, Turkey when the Turkish government can refuse NATO permission to launch air strikes on terrorist groups and state sponsors of terrorism from Turkish territory, as in the past.

Turkey's Islamist, "neo-Ottoman" government shares the same foreign policy goals as Hamas.
Hamas' charter describes the terrorist group's mission to create a new Islamic caliphate in the ruins of the Ottoman caliphate - a theocratic empire where no nationalities exist, where murder is not a crime but a "personal matter," where Muslims subjugate non-Muslims by extorting the 'jizya' poll tax at sword-point, and from which conquering armies can launch further attacks on the 'Dar al-Sulh' and 'Dar al-Harb' - non-Muslim lands awaiting occupation. Just as Hamas' charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel, the Islamists running the Turkish government are similarly devoted to the orthodox Islamic tenet expounded in the hadith, "The Day of Resurrection will not arrive until the Moslems make war against the Jews and kill them." When one considers the historical memory of the Ottomans' jizya poll tax on non-Muslims enforced through the 1900s, their 1770 law promulgating execution for Greek, Armenian, and Jewish curfew-breakers, and the massacres of Christians accompanying the conquest of Constantinople, the empire-building precepts of Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu described in his book, "Strategic Depth," and the Turkish Islamist AK Party's plans for the region, appear very familiar. The US must send a clear signal to the Turks that empire-building and theocracy are contrary to human rights and national self-determination.

Turkey's deceit actively erodes security in the Near East.
As IHH flotilla participant Muhammad al-Baltaji said, the Muslim Brotherhood's objective is to "prevent Palestine from becoming a second Andalusia" - in other words, to prevent the indigenous inhabitants of a territory from overthrowing the Muslim conquest of their land. Similarly, Turkey has effectively prevented Anatolia from becoming a second Andalusia, by murdering the autochthonous nations of that land - Armenians and Kurds - and suppressing their right to national self-determination. In the same breath, Turkish government officials heap praise on Arab Muslim "nations" which had no national identity in the 'ummah' of the Ottoman Caliphate, yet vehemently deny the uninterrupted Jewish presence in the Ottoman sanjak that is now Israel - a claim belied by centuries of Ottoman tax payments by the Jewish majority population of Jerusalem. Turkish politicians like Bayram Karachan fuel the flames with pronouncements like "Death to China, Death to America," as the latter urged at a recent pan-Turkic conference in Istanbul. Turkey was instrumental in supplying the Azerbaijani military after the Azeris' 1988 Sumgait massacre of Armenians, spreading ethnic hatred and Turkic national chauvinism throughout Central Asia. The United States cannot leave the task of Near East security to the European Union, which in 2003 cravenly refused to release a report on Muslim anti-Semitic violence as requested by congresspersons Wexler, Ros-Lehtinen, Lantos, and Ackerman, and rejected calls made by Members of the European Parliament for an inquiry into EU funding of Palestinian Arab hate literature against Israel. Instead, the United States must lead the process.

Turkey's violent abuse of nationalities sets a dangerous precedence for states in the Near East.
Turkey violates the human rights of its native ethnic minorities, and as many historians agree, perpetrated genocide against the Armenians. The Turkish government refuses to concede that the Ottoman Caliphate ethnically cleansed Armenians from Anatolia in 1915, and even attempted to cash the insurance policies of murdered with MetLife and other carriers. Article 301 of the Turkish penal code, "insulting Turkishness," is often used to bring to trial writers that broach the topic of the Armenian genocide, such as the late journalist Hrant Dink, whom Turkish nationalists murdered to stifle the truth. Turkey is alleged to have carried out numerous extrajudicial murders of Kurds during the 1980s, when speaking Kurdish in public was a crime. When Elie Wiesel visited Turkey, the government warned that it could not protect his safety - in other words, would allow a mob to murder him - should he publicly discuss the 90-year campaign to cover up the Armenian genocide. In this region of clique-run dictatorships carved out of the Ottoman Caliphate, it is the native, autochthonous nationalities, such as Kurds and Jews, that are treated as "occupiers," threatened with extermination, and removed from the pages of history textbooks, while the regime in power disenfranchises its victims. Witness Syria, where the Alawite-led Assad dictatorship has forcibly transferred millions of citizens to occupied Lebanon, and allows the terrorist group Hezbollah to operate missile batteries from its territory. Witness Jordan, a state torn away from the Jewish National Home by Winston Churchill in 1922 to create an Arab homeland, where the alien Quraysh Hashemite monarchy revokes the passports of the majority, local Palestinian Arabs, who are barred from public office. If the United States and NATO do not demonstrate their outrage with Turkish ethnic cleansing and its cover-up, other perpetrators of ethnic cleansing and persecution of nationalities will be emboldened to continue without hesitation or remorse.

Turkey is not a military or economic superpower worthy of our fear or respect.
Fearful of Turkish 'retaliation' from the simplest recognition of the Armenian genocide, the United States acts as though Turkey were a superpower and not, in reality, just a textile-exporting commodity node in the global economy. The 'promise' of the Turkish economy is a far cry from that of the People's Republic of China, for whom the United States abandoned its faithful ally, the Republic of China on Taiwan, not long after communist Red Guards made schoolteachers chew on broken glass for being "capitalist roaders." When the United States abided the PRC's alliance with the Khmer Rouge, it traded those Cambodians' skulls for access to an unsurpassed market of nearly a billion consumers. Turkey is wholly unworthy of such blind deference for mere economic gains, especially in a region where R&D powerhouse Israel ranks second behind the United States in NASDAQ-listed firms, inventing such now-indispensable products as cell phones, Centrino microprocessors, and flash drives, and where all citizens are allowed to attend university and hold public office. The United States has options that are far superior to those presented by Turkey, and need never fear taking the Turks to task for their crimes, past and present.

Turkey must be ejected from NATO.
By sponsoring terrorism, sharing military intelligence with other state sponsors of terrorism such as Iran, and concluding security agreements with non-NATO countries that seek to degrade the security of the United States and other NATO member states, Turkey threatens the overall security and mission of NATO. By continuing its centuries-old policies of ethnic persecution, Turkey threatens the national self-determination of all non-Muslim, non-Turkish ethnic groups in the Near East and beyond. For NATO to remain a credible deterrent against state sponsors of terrorism, NATO must eject the state sponsors of terrorism among its member states. It is thus imperative that the United States and all other NATO member states remove Turkey from the Alliance's command structure, cease all intelligence sharing with Turkey, and leverage other instruments, such as the State Department's list of states designated as sponsors of terrorism, to obtain compliance from Turkey on security issues that threaten Europe, the Near East, and North America. Otherwise, the erosion of confidence in NATO as a result of Turkish intransigence will prove the famous maxim, "The weak grow strong because of their insolence, and the strong weak because of their hesitation."

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