By Post Editorial Board,
Back when he was President Barack Obama’s favorite Muslim-world leader, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan was routinely called a “moderate Islamist.” Now any moderation is long gone, as the tyrant’s despicable effort to comfort a crying 6-year-old girl made plain.
While delivering a speech last weekend, Erdogan spotted little Amine Tiras saluting and crying in the crowd.
He brought the girl onstage and kissed her on both cheeks before telling the crowd: “She has the Turkish flag in her pocket. If she becomes a martyr, God willing, this flag will be draped on her.”
Hoping that children will die for the cause is a hallmark of the very worst Islamists, as the global social-media response noted.
Some on Twitter compared Erdogan to Hitler. One comment noted, “You don’t wish death for a child, you never say: ‘God willing.’ ”
Andrew Stroehlein, the European director for Human Rights Watch, noted: “Glorifying children’s deaths? Promoting child soldiers? Sick.”
Erdogan has seized near-absolute power in recent months, and his troops are now on the march in Afrin in northwest Syria, assaulting Kurds who helped crush ISIS.
God willing, young Amine will live a long and happy life in a land freed from tyranny.