Published in VDARE.COM – July
The Neo-Ottoman Empire
Chronicles: A Magazine
of American Culture
Contrary to Washington`s official
rhetoric, the U.S. government is an ally, not an
opponent, of Islamic extremism—a foe, not a defender, of
Not since the Turkish siege of
Vienna (1526) has Europe faced the threat of a Muslim
occupation of significant portions of the continent; it
does so now because of the foreign policy pursued by the
United States under Presidents Bill Clinton and George
Like a contagion, U.S. foreign
policy, beginning with the Clinton presidency but
culminating in George W. Bush and his neoconservative
administration, sought to infect the rest of the world
with nothing less than absolute and permanent nihilism.
Neocon ideologue Michael Ledeen
spells it out plainly:
Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our
own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every
day, from business to science, literature, art,
architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our
enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and
creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever
they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep
pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they
fear us, for they do not wish to be undone. They cannot
feel secure so long as we are there, for our very
existence—our existence, not our politics—threatens
their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to
survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our
Over the past half-century, as the
vitality of Christianity and the nation-state waned in
Catholic and Protestant Europe, Eastern Europe, with the
fall of communism, saw a revitalization. Having
triumphed over the Ottoman Empire and the Soviet Union,
Orthodox Christianity has the potential to rescue the
rest of Europe.
Christianity and national identity,
in general, and their rebirth in Eastern Europe, in
particular, represent an obstacle to Washington`s drive
for "benevolent global hegemony" and a threat to
its ideological legitimacy. Like Carthage, Europe must
be "destroyed" if the United States is to advance
her "historic mission."
By encouraging the European Union
to admit Turkey, a nation of Muslims, into its ranks,
U.S. foreign policy denies the reality that Europe is
historically Christian. In a 1999 trip to Turkey,
United States is not a member of the European Union but
I have constantly urged European integration to move
further and faster, and that includes Turkey. There are
still those who see Europe in narrower terms. Their
Europe might stop at this mountain range or that body of
water or, worse yet, where people start to worship God
in a different way. But there is a growing and
encouraging consensus that understands Europe as an idea
as much as a place.`
In a 2004 trip to Turkey, President
George W. Bush declared that "Including Turkey in the
EU would prove that Europe is not the exclusive club of
a single religion, and it would expose the `clash of
civilizations` as a passing myth of history."
In supporting E.U. membership for
Turkey, Washington emphasizes Turkey`s history of
secularism. That secularism is weak, however. The
Turkish military, the source of the country`s
secularism, has staged a coup once every ten years to
overthrow elected Islamic governments and repeatedly
purges its own ranks of suspected Islamic
fundamentalists and sympathizers. A secularism that can
only be maintained at the point of the bayonet will
Turkey has a population of 70
million (only Germany and Russia have larger
populations); 50 percent live below the international
standards of poverty; 27 percent are younger than 15;
and the combined unemployment-underemployment rate
exceeds 16 percent.
Since the European Union allows the
free and unlimited movement of peoples among member
states, the admission of Turkey would be a disaster for
Europe. Millions of Turks, including Islamic extremists
who would use Turkey as a conduit, could then move
freely into any of the 25 European member-states. Under
E.U. law, Europeans would be unable to stop this
invasion of their homelands.
Already, the Turkish military has
returned to the Balkans, if only with a symbolic
presence, for the first time since the fall of the
Ottoman Empire. In 1994, as a result of pressure from
the Clinton administration, the United Nations agreed to
deploy 1,500 Turkish troops in Bosnia despite objections
from Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia. Turkish troops have
also been deployed to Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
Most revealing was the
justification officially given by the "secular"
government of Turkey for its interventions. Appealing to
both irredentism and Islamic fundamentalism, it
declared: "Turkey is [the] spiritual and cultural
inheritor of the Ottoman Empire which had ruled the
region for centuries." This neo-Ottoman-ism was
institutionalized in the Southeastern European
Cooperation Process, the Multinational Peace Force
Southeastern Europe, the Stability Pact for Southeastern
Europe, and the Southeast European Cooperative
U.S. foreign policy seeks to deny
the legitimacy of European nation-states. Gen. Wesley
Clark, former commander of NATO, declared that "There
is no place in modern Europe for ethnically pure states.
That`s a 19th century idea and we are trying to
transition into the 21st century, and we are going to do
it with multi-ethnic states."
Paraphrasing Marxist theory on the
withering away of the state, Deputy Secretary of State
Strobe Talbott decreed (in a
speech delivered in 1999) that
Westphalian system of nation-states—each sovereign
exercising supreme, absolute, and permanent national
authority—is giving way to a new system in which nations
feel secure enough in their identities and in their
neighborhoods to make a virtue out of porous borders and
intertwined economies and cultures.
Our foreign policy also acts to
undermine European nation-states by creating a series of
Muslim states in the Balkans, the "Green Highway"
linking Turkey to the heart of Europe. This has the
further advantage of crippling Orthodox Christianity, an
ideological threat to U.S. "benevolent global
hegemony," by devastating and fragmenting the
Balkans, an historic homeland of Orthodoxy, through
wars, sanctions, and military occupation.
It started with Bosnia. Although
Christian Croats and Serbs constitute 51 percent of the
population of Bosnia, their right to national
self-determination—for their areas to secede from Bosnia
as Bosnia had seceded from Yugoslavia—was vehemently
opposed by the Clinton administration. The U.S.
government entered into de facto alliances with Islamic
jihadists, Iran, Afghan mujahideen, and Lebanese
Hezbollah to arm Bosnian Muslims, in violation of a U.N.
arms embargo, to preserve a united and Muslim-dominated
Bosnia in the heart of the Balkans.
Next was Kosovo. Here, Washington
reversed its position on political legitimacy: In
Bosnia, it was multiethnic statehood; in Kosovo, it
became national self-determination. The Clinton
administration, in alliance with the KLA, an Albanian
paramilitary listed by the State Department as a
terrorist organization, engineered a war in Kosovo as
well as the expulsion of 200,000 Serbs and the
destruction of their homes, churches, convents, and
The stage was set for Macedonia.
Replicating their successful war in Kosovo, the U.S.
government and the KLA won Albanian "autonomy" in
Western Macedonia. Next on the list for "liberation"
are southern Montenegro, southern Serbia, and
It does not end there. Turkey,
asserting its neo-Ottoman prerogative, claims to be the
protector of Turkish minorities in Bulgaria and Greece
and, by implication, to have a right to intercede on
their behalf. In pursuit of empire, Washington embraces
neo-Ottomanism as it seeks to impose an Islamic
ascendancy over parts of the Balkans.
Empires are expensive and
ephemeral. It is madness to acquire them. Yet that is
the objective of U.S. foreign policy. It is madness to
punish allies and reward enemies, for that imperils our
national security. Our foreign policy validates
Euripides: "Whom the gods destroy, they first make
Joseph E. Fallon writes from Rye, New York.
This article first appeared in
April 2006 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine of