|Coup In Turkey And Fragility of Governments|
One concern growing in many countries is the source of Erdogan's support, much of it was from the young but one thing that is very troubling was the streets were filled with men and very few women. This indicates his support is largely derived from those fueling the trend towards nationalism and growing Islamist fervor. The fear is the secular Turkey where all religions live together in peace is slowly being brushed aside. As an example of the level of concern the direction Turkey is moving I point to the following quote from an article appearing in the Telegraph…
In an ideal world, it would be in everyone’s interests for Mr. Erdogan to cease his efforts to turn Turkey into an Iranian-style Islamic republic, thereby allowing Turkey to retain its place at Nato’s top table. But if he really is determined to pursue his radical Islamist agenda, then Nato will have no option but to rid itself of its troublesome Turkish ally.
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Even before the failed coup, Erdogan’s administration had been taken on the ambitious political project to change the Turkish state from a parliamentary system to a presidential system. Erdogan claims the change is necessary to update the constitution and bring about a more stable government. This would allow Erdogan to expand the powers of his current office, in June Erdogan approved a measure to strip legal immunity from members of parliament, a step that could pave the way for prosecutions of opposition pro-Kurdish lawmakers that the government sees linked to terrorist.
The message "if people within your country oppose your government they are terrorist" is not new and is embraced by leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. This attitude tends to create a violent reaction. Worsening political violence have deepened divisions within Turkey during the last few years. The Turkish state has engaged in a massive confrontation with Kurdish separatists that left hundreds dead and displaced more than 350,000 Turks in the southeastern part of the country. Turkey was shaken by an escalating series of militant attacks, by both militant Kurdish groups and ISIS, culminating with a suicide assault on Istanbul’s main airport in June which killed 44 people.
|Some Observers Suspect Coup Was Staged|
The BBC reports that at least 50,000 people have been rounded up or stripped of their positions since the coup and this does not include 15,200 education workers and 1,577 University Deans that were fired, below is a list of his targets. It appears that Erdogan like the infamous Saddam Hussein who spilled so much blood in Iraq has busied himself with the task to become a Turkish version of Adolf Hitler. In many cases, Erdogan is pushing not just to jail these people but for the death penalty for what he sees as acts of treason. Conspiracy theories abound that Turkish President Erdogan may have even staged the coup himself as a way to cleanse the system of his enemies because it was so poorly executed.
- 6,000 military personnel have been arrested, with more than two dozen generals awaiting trial
- Nearly 9,000 police officers have been sacked
- Close to 3,000 judges have been suspended
- Some 1,500 employees of Turkey’s finance ministry have been dismissed
- 492 have been fired from the Religious Affairs Directorate
- More than 250 staff in Mr. Yildirim’s office have been removed