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Erdogan’s Ergenekon Farce Draws to a Close

August 6th, 2013 - 4:06 pm

The five-year farce known as the “Ergenekon” trial – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s purge of military and political opponents under the cloak of an “anti-terrorism” prosecution – is now completed. On Monday, a special court pronounced the convictions and harsh sentences – ranging from decades of incarceration to life-imprisonment – for dozens of the 275 defendants (66 of whom have already been languishing in prison for some time).

As expected, Erdogan’s ruling Islamic-supremacist party (the AKP) is hailing the trumped-up result as a triumph for “democracy” that strengthens civilian control of the military – many of the accused, including former army chief of staff General Ilker Basbug (sentenced to life imprisonment), having allegedly plotted to overthrow Erdogan’s government. But, as Der Spiegel reports,

[T]he evidence was questionable, and in some cases non-existent. The government hasn’t targeted a small, secret group of conspirators but half the military leadership. Many author, journalists, lawyers, businesspeople and opposition politicians are in jail. Erdogan, many critics are convinced, is waging a witchhunt against his political opponents….

The story that Ergenekon was part of an even greater conspiracy called “Deep State”– aimed at bringing the generals back to power — has become steadily less credible. Erdogan, who has been in power since 2003 and who won a third term in july 2011, increasingly resembles a power-obsessed ruler bent on silencing all opposition. Critics say his aim isn’t to submit the military to democratic rule but simply to cement his own grip on power.

The intimidation and the number of arrests has steadily risen in the last 10 years. Many journalists no longer dare to report what’s really happening, authors avoid making public appearances and government critics need bodyguards. The anti-terrorism law is an effective instrument of power for the government as the supposed terrorist threat is an accusation that’s hard to disprove.

Nor do Monday’s verdicts come in a vacuum. As the Guardian notes, last year more than 300 military officers were sentenced to jail in a case dubbed “Sledgehammer,” involving similar charges of plotting to overthrow Erdogan a decade ago.

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Another ally lost to radical Islam. Smart diplomacy my arse.
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When Attaturk kicked the caliphate out of Turkey some 100 years ago, he made his country a secular state and the military has protected that action up until the current time. Erdogen therefore, has to get rid of the secular military leaders so he can continue his headlong rush back into Islam.
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Erdogan is a TOTALLY devoted Muslim Brotherhood operative who is seeking, nothing less, but a return to the Ottoman Empire. This is beyond dispute.

What is also beyond dispute is that the Islamist-in-Chief is completely in sync. This is the main reason he helped install Morsi in Egypt, as well as went to bat to re-install the Brotherhood Mafia in Egypt's power centers.

That being said, this is the true face of Erdogan and his putsch against those who seek a return to secular rule - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/12/the-islamist-in-chiefs-taqiyya-driven-hand-in-resurrecting-the-ottoman-empire-its-geo-political-knock-on-effects-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

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Joseph Stalin (with an Islamic slant) all over again.
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Erdogan wouldn't get away with what is able get get away with without European and U.S's Useful idiots approval. Starting with genius Bush who got humiliated by the same Islamic government who denied U.S forces cross into Iraq. If Bush wasn't too concerned with Religion of peace and had listen the crying voices of reason in Turkey. The situation in the region could be different today.
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Is there any chance of a militay coup this late in the game? It seems that's the only way there will ever be a semblance of freedom in a Muslim country. The Turks tried it best and it failed with all the BS sent from the EU. If they ever can right this wrong, then maybe they can forget about becoming a member of the EU, who will only bring pain and suffering to Turkey.
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Another ally lost to radical Islam. Smart diplomacy my arse.
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When Attaturk kicked the caliphate out of Turkey some 100 years ago, he made his country a secular state and the military has protected that action up until the current time. Erdogen therefore, has to get rid of the secular military leaders so he can continue his headlong rush back into Islam.
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O’s palsy involvement with Erdogan is a national embarrassment. Is it possible that he admires the Turkish dictator’s methods? Birds of a feather always flock together.
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As Erdogan has said "Democracy is like a train. You ride it until you get where you want to be and then you get off."
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Erdogan is a TOTALLY devoted Muslim Brotherhood operative who is seeking, nothing less, but a return to the Ottoman Empire. This is beyond dispute.

What is also beyond dispute is that the Islamist-in-Chief is completely in sync. This is the main reason he helped install Morsi in Egypt, as well as went to bat to re-install the Brotherhood Mafia in Egypt's power centers.

That being said, this is the true face of Erdogan and his putsch against those who seek a return to secular rule - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/12/the-islamist-in-chiefs-taqiyya-driven-hand-in-resurrecting-the-ottoman-empire-its-geo-political-knock-on-effects-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/


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