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Paintful humor in wake of Ankara bombing

[ by Charles Cameron — in which 359 turns out to be just a degree closer to zero than 358 is ]


For those Zenpundit readers no more fluent in Turkish than I am, Acting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu‘s interview above was reported by Today’s Zaman:

During the interview on Wednesday night Davutoglu also commented on the Ankara bombings on Saturday which left nearly 100 people dead in a suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack. “There is a 360-degree, not 180 degrees, difference between the Islam we defend and daesh has in its mind,” the acting prime minister said in an apparent gaffe that sparked a series of tweets mocking his statements which meant the government and ISIL are on the same page on their interpretation of Islam. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIL.

“Davutoglu said there is a 360-degree difference between ISIL and them. They would sue others who would say that,” academic Koray Çaliskan said.

“Professor Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a closed disc has 360 degrees,” Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Cem Toker tweeted, recalling that Davutoglu is a professor.


Today’s Zaman also quoted the “famous Turkish geometry teacher” whose classes on YouTube have garnered him an impressive following, Mustafa Mete Ekolan aka Ekol Hoca. Ekol tweeted the following graphic illustration today:


It’s worth noting that Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Bulent Kenes was released pending trial today. A fine legal point made by his defense lawyer:

Gunaydin said in the petition to the court there is no crime in the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) for “sending tweets.”

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