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The Coup In Turkey


By now everyone has heard about the recent coup attempt in Turkey….even those that have their ears glued to the telly for the political circus we Americans call “the conventions”……

In case you may be otherwise distracted….there was a military attempted coup against the leader of Turkey, Erdogan…..yes it failed and the leader has been on a rampage of arresting any one that has even slightly opposed him over the years….I have heard in the neighborhood of 15,000 people……this seems to be his opportunity to rid himself of ALL opposition…..

The detentions appear to be almost wholly centered on the military, and other law enforcement, with 2,901 police and 2,684 described as either judges or lawyers. This covers all but a few hundred detainees, according to the official numbers, though there have been reports of detained reporters, teachers, and members of virtually every government ministry.

Officials have repeatedly said this is only the beginning of the purge, with over 60,000 people either among the detained or sacked for suspected ties to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. Officials blame Gulen for the plot, and have claimed his organization has infiltrated every conceivable part of Turkish society.

The detentions appear to be almost wholly centered on the military, and other law enforcement, with 2,901 police and 2,684 described as either judges or lawyers. This covers all but a few hundred detainees, according to the official numbers, though there have been reports of detained reporters, teachers, and members of virtually every government ministry.

Officials have repeatedly said this is only the beginning of the purge, with over 60,000 people either among the detained or sacked for suspected ties to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. Officials blame Gulen for the plot, and have claimed his organization has infiltrated every conceivable part of Turkish society.

An interesting article about this coup and the after action……

Source: Erdogan Takes Control – The Unz Review

Yep sounds all too familiar….Germany of the 1930’s comes to mind primarily….I think we can call this what we called it when Stalin did it….a “Purge”…..

And the press is taking it on the chin….what better way to control the flow of information?

Officials are reporting that over 100 media outlets have been closed over ties to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, including 45 daily newspapers and 16 television stations. Incredibly, among the newspapers ordered closed was Zaman, which was nationalized for Gulen ties way back in March.

The Erdogan government has long been ruthless in cracking down on critical media at any rate, arresting reporters as “terrorists” for unflattering stories, particularly those critical of government offensives against the ethnic Kurdish minority. That crackdown never really stopped, but the coup has justified an even further acceleration.

A successful coup need the 3 “M”s…..military, media and money…..apparently the money was there…..the media was iffy at best and the military was not a sold player….was doomed from the beginning…..maybe that was the plan all along.

The old saying is “coups only work against authoritarian rule, not democracy”…….

“The government is in control,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd of people gathered upon his call in Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport in the early hours of Saturday, July 16.

He added “We are not going to compromise … we will continue to cleanse the virus from all state institutions.”

Without hesitation, in the following days, the Turkish government vehemently embarked on an unprecedented massive crackdown to purge the military of mutineers.

Source: Coups work only for autocracies, not democracies – Al Jazeera English

There is some argument that says Turkey had elections but that Erdogan had turned authoritarian after he was elected……

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4 comments on “The Coup In Turkey

  1. lobotero
    August 2, 2016

    Looks great…thanx…chuq

    Liked by 1 person

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