Turkey's Erdogan Calls for Baby Boom in Europe

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants a Turkish baby boom in Europe

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on Turkey’s citizens in Europe to step up their rates of procreation and have five children each, saying a booming Turkish population would be the best answer to the EU’s “vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice”.

Nearly a week after a diplomatic row between erupted between Holland and Turkey, Mr Erdoğancontinued what has become a daily ritual of hurling fresh antagonism towards Europe in front of cheering crowds of his conservative supporters. 

Speaking in the central city of Eskişehir, Turkey’s president urged “his brothers and sisters in Europe” to begin a baby boom in their new countries. “Have not just three but five children,” he told his flag-waving audience. 

“The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods, drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses.” 

Stake a claim to your homeland and new motherland? Sounds pretty explicit and imperial to me. Erdogan knows that Europe is weak, in decline, and ripe for the picking. But his goals are not new; the Turks have been eyeing Europe for centuries.

Ever since the earliest days of the Ottoman Empire, the Turks  have attempted to invade and conquer as much of Europe as they could. What was once Constantinople and home of an Orthodox Christian Empire was sacked by the Ottomans and is now Istanbul. After the Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque, the Ottomans headed West and invaded Europe over and over again; they took Christian slaves, looted cities, and expanded their empire. In 1683, the Ottoman Turks threw everything they had at the Gates of Vienna, and in one of the most defining battles of European history, they were repelled by armies under the command of Jan III Sobienski, the King of Poland.

A civilization that used to repel invaders and defend their in-group now subsidizes their replacements, rationalizing it as some form of penance for the liberal guilt that cripples them. What will European civilization look like with a declining European population? If things aren't turned around fairly quickly, we will soon find out.

Congressman Steve King is right: demography is destiny.