23 Nov The Rise of Turkey: The Mediterranean’s New Regional Naval Power
In 2003-2004, I wrote Islamic Antichrist (previously titled Antichrist: Islam’s Awaited Messiah). At that time, based on a careful interpretation of Ezekiel 38-39 and several other relevant prophetic texts, I predicted that in the days ahead, Turkey would emerge as a regional power with expansionist ambitions. In those years however, the consensus among conventional geo-polticial analysts was that Turkey was emerging as the model of secular moderation within the Islamic world. But almost immediately after the rise to power of the AK Party in 2002, Turkey began trending not toward moderation, but toward an assertive Islamist regional power. Among the many dramatic shifts that we have seen in recent years has been the gutting of the traditionally secular military through the Ergenekon conspiracy, as well as the expansion of what is already the largest army in the Middle East. Now, the Jamestown Foundation reports that Turkey is emerging as the Mediterranean’s New Regional Naval Power. While I am confident that the future will hold several wildcards and surprises that neither I, nor anyone saw coming, it continues to be the case that Turkey is a nation to keep our eyes on as we watch for the fulfillment of the portents and trends that were prophesied thousands of years ago by the Biblical prophets.