„Let’s nuke Washington!”
or Turkey’s alternative dreams
The official EU dreams of the future strongly resemble the words pronounced by theGerman emperor William II shortly before 1914 : „I am leading you to a bright future!” Atthose distant and bad times few questioned the promise, although the few turned out to beright. There were many who believed it and they were dupes. How about today? Can wereasonably believe in the official historical EU optimism which insidiously suggests that badtimes are followed by good times and bad divided Europe by good united Europe and of course the bad Christian West by the good Islamic West? It goes without saying that bad politicians have been long since replaced by good politicians, as we all know, don’t we?There are still a few things that if done will make this inevitably bright future ahead of useven brighter. What is meant is i.al. Turkey’s full membership in the EU, some more laws andtreaties signed behind the closed doors. These and other things will make the return to the pessimistic past impossible. This is the EU dream that we are massively told to dream too. We belong to the same dream community, don’t we? Unfortunately, we are allowed to haveaccess to fewer and fewer alternative dreams dreamt inside and outside the EU. And it’s a pity because they’re worth knowing, if not simply worth dreaming. Comparing alternative dreamsseems quite useful and practical. Turkey e.g. has plenty of alternative dreams to offer and I’dlike to focus on one of the most pupular of them recently, namely that of nuking WashingtonDC... Yes, I also feel much relief as they might dream of nuking closer targets - Brussels,Vienna, Athens, Sophia or Warsaw. So far they don’t. Or at least it is not known they do.The Turks have a very nice surprise for someone curious about learning their dreams of the future. And it is not a Turkish Centre for Future Studies, still to be built under thesupervision of the Directorate for Islamic Affairs (Diyanet) and the General Staff. It is rather asmall novel called „Metal fırtına” or „ The Metal Storm”. It is the bestseeling book on theTurkish dream market. Its rabidly anti-American and jingoistic war rhetoric stirs the nationalTurkish heart to its very bottom. It sold already 150 000 copies - a record number for Turkeywhich is famous rather for her martial than literary exploits.