Turkey’s Erdogan blames Greek army for the Turkish burning of Smyrna in 1922

Turkey’s Erdogan blames Greek army for the Turkish burning of Smyrna in 1922, by Robert Spencer.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

In reality, the Turks burned the Christian quarters of Smyrna as part of their efforts to eradicate the Christian presence in Asia Minor.

Ernst Otto Jacob, the General Secretary to the Smyrna Y.M.C.A said in late 1922:

The Turkish policy of the elimination of the Christian minorities in Asia Minor has been determinedly carried into effect. The Christian quarters of Smyrna have been practically wiped out.

Winston Churchill wrote:

Mustapha Kemal’s Army … celebrated their triumph by the burning of Smyrna to ashes and by a vast massacre of its Christian population.

Now Erdogan, with the characteristic Islamic supremacist evasion of responsibility, blames the Greek Army for this atrocity.

This sounds obscure, but bad things usually follow when national leaders start proclaiming mistruths like this. Watch out for Erdogan!