April 14, 2015 Special Dispatch No. 6021

Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey; Antisemitic 'Documentary' Says Jews Have Been 'Mastermind' For Over 3,500 Years

April 14, 2015
Turkey, Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 6021

Since October 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has regularly referred to the concept of a "Mastermind" (ust akil, "supra-intellect," in Turkish) that, he says, is plotting against Turkey. This concept has been applauded by the Islamist pro-AKP media. Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech, which focused on this "mastermind" concept, inspired the production of a two-hour "documentary" by one of the leading Turkish television channels, the pro-AKP A Haber. The film, titled "The Mastermind," first aired on March 15, 2015 and has been broadcast repeatedly since then; in addition, the Turkish Islamist pro-AKP media are circulating the film on their own websites.

According to this film, Jewish "domination of the world" goes back 3,500 years, to the days of Moses. The film presents three Jewish historical figures who, it claims, shaped the Jews' hunger for power: the medieval Spanish philosopher and Torah scholar Moses Maimonides, Charles Darwin (who was not in fact a Jew), and German-American philosopher Leo Strauss.

The following is an overview of the film:

Source:, accessed April 13, 2015

Erdogan: The Mastermind - "You Know Who It Is"

"The Mastermind" opens with images of the Star of David, and images of a replica of the Temple in Jerusalem, and then an excerpt of President Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech is shown, with him saying: "I am emphasizing this: Do not think that these are operations[1] that target me personally. Do not think that these operations are against our government or any [political] party. My friends, the target of these operations and initiatives is Turkey, Turkey's existence, her unity, peace, and stability. They are especially against Turkey's economy and its independence. As I have said before, behind all these there is a Mastermind, which has now become part of our national conversation. Some ask me, 'Who is this mastermind?' and I say, 'It is for you to research this. And you do know what it is, you know who it is.'"

"We Have To Look For The Mastermind In Jerusalem Where The Sons Of Israel Live"

The narrator then begins: "The Mastermind, whose roots go back thousands of years, who rules, burns, destroys, starves the world, creates wars, organizes revolutions and coups, establishes states within states - this 'intellect' is not only Turkey's curse, but the curse of the entire world. Who is this mastermind? The answer is hidden inside truths and facts that can never be called conspiracy theories.

"This story begins in the very old days, 3,500 years ago, when Moses brought his people out of Egypt to Jerusalem. The only guide he had was the Ten Commandments. This is what was placed inside a wooden Ark which was later brought into the Temple of Solomon.

"This is not myth but fact. And we have to look for the mastermind in Jerusalem where the sons of Israel live."

As They Destroy The World, The Jews Are Searching For The Ark Of The Covenant

Islamist pro-AKP political history professor Ramazan Kurtoglu says in the film that as they destroy the entire world, the Jews are searching for this Ark of Covenant that they lost. He ties the Iraq War to Jewish aspirations to find the Ark, and claims that the first thing that the Americans did when they entered Baghdad was to go Abu Ghuraib, at that time a museum and not yet a prison, and collect all the ancient stone tablets and papyri of ancient times.

The Jewish Faith Is A Political Philosophy, Not A Religion; Maimonides Envisioned "A New World Order... Ruled By The Children Of Israel"

The film's narration says that the Jewish faith is a political philosophy rather than a religion, and mentions three figures that "the Jews look up to and follow" - naming "Rabbi Ben-Maimon (Maimonides), considered the greatest of all Bible commentators, who lived in the Middle Ages" who he says believed that "the Jews are the Masters, and all other people are to be their slaves." The second, Charles Darwin, is "a Jew [sic], a biologist [and] a scientist who is the architect of the theory of evolution. The third is a German Jew, Leo Strauss, the father of American neo-conservatism."

Source:, accessed April 13, 2015

Prof. Kurtoglu states, "Maimonides envisioned a new world order in which the world would be ruled by the Children of Israel, God's chosen people."

The Jews Use Darwin's Theory To Assert That God Created Them - But Everyone Else Evolved From Apes

Also appearing in the film is another pro-AKP academic, Ebubekir Sofuoglu, who says that the Jews believe that they, the descendants of Isaac, consider themselves the masters, and that "all of us," the descendants of Ishmael, are created to serve the Jews. Sofuoglu also claims that the Jews used the Jew Darwin's theory to assert their religious belief that God created the Jews while everyone else evolved from apes.

Islamist Journalists, AKP Officials: "Mastermind" Aims To Bring Down Turkey And Its Government

Also in the film, Islamist journalists and writers from the pro-AKP Islamist media, among them Yusuf Kaplan, Hasan Karakaya, Aydin Unal, Alper Tan, Prof. Hayrettin Karaman, Avni Ozgurel and others, in addition to government (AKP) officials, are shown giving their views of "the Mastermind" - whom they identify as "the Jews" as well as "the U.S." (the latter of which the film earlier claims is dominated by the Jews). They blame them for both the destruction of the Ottoman Empire and for the coups in modern Turkey aimed at ousting Islamist leaders and parties.

Some of the journalists and officials depict the U.S. as a Zionist entity, while others claim that the U.S. is yet another country that is being controlled by a "Mastermind" lobby.

Advisor to Turkish Prime Minster Ahmet Davutoglu says in the film that what Erdogan is doing is bringing this entire story to people's attention, and urging them to see the big picture. Erdogan, he says, wants recent events (the "operations" mentioned in his December 2014 speech) to be placed in this context - and for them to be seen as attempts by "a Mastermind" to bring down Turkey and its government.



[1] By "these operations," Erdogan was referring to the October 2014 delivery of Western aid to the Kurds in Kobani, Syria against Turkey's objections; the 2013 Gezi mass protests; the December 2013 corruption probes against  the AKP government; and activity by his former ally and current arch-enemy, the Fathullah Gulen Islamic movement.

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