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‘Model’ Muslim State Turkey Accelerates Towards Tyranny

Erdogan is wrapping up his "long con."

by
Ozgur Yilmaz

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June 12, 2013 - 12:00 am
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It first begins with a peculiar, bitter smell. As you inhale, it starts to burn your throat, your eyes get red and you start to cry. Then it becomes difficult to breathe. You feel suffocated. Get sufficiently exposed, and you may faint or even die.

These are the effects of pepper spray, the chemical that was used by the Turkish police against peaceful sit-in protesters who tried to protect one of Istanbul’s few remaining green spaces against a controversial reconstruction plan in Taksim Square on May 28. Undercover police then proceeded to set fire to the tents left behind by escaping protesters — with all their belongings in them — despite the protesters’ pleas.

For many people, this was the last drop in the glass, which took many years to fill. The unprovoked attack against the environmentalists urged people from very diverse backgrounds to pour into Taskim Square to support them. Most of the supporters were well-dressed, well-spoken, decent people representing no particular political party, or ethnic or sectarian group.

What had brought people from so many diverse backgrounds together?

When you talk to protesters, you understand. They are secular-minded (yet almost exclusively Muslim) pacifists; their slogans and chants revolve around only one person: Erdogan. The anger and contempt felt for him is the common denominator. Secular people are rising up against Erdogan’s style of governance.

This must be puzzling from a Westerner’s point of view, as the West still portrays Erdogan’s Turkey as a model for the Muslim world.

To date, his Turkey had been put forward as a political and economic success story for Muslim countries to emulate. Turkey is a considerably more powerful country than it was ten years ago, but beneath the surface a different picture emerges.

From the moment they took power in 2002, the Erdogan-led coalition of ex-Islamists under the AKP umbrella worked hard to convince the West and liberals that they had left their desire for an Islamic state behind. In addition to this extensive window dressing, they were instrumental in finding strategic targets for which they would receive the support of the Western world and liberals — they cracked the code of the West’s wishful thinking.

The power of the military has been rebuked, including that of the Western-oriented secularists within it. They emptied out Turkey’s secular judiciary with an induced retirement plan, and recruited their fellow supporters instead. Success in the economy was accompanied by a huge transfer of governmental resources to their supporters. According to observers, media owners are brought into line with huge tax fines or with governmental contracts as reward, while journalists are being suppressed via threat of getting fired or getting jailed. Telephone tapping by the government-controlled police is a common practice.

There are no checks and balances left in the Turkish state to stop this abuse of power. Critics say that the police, state prosecutors, and judges have all come under the control of Islamists,  and that this setup is used to dismantle secularists from key posts in the Turkish state. In order to prevent any questioning or pressure from the West, they cunningly accuse the defendants of anti-democratic charges, and portray them as anti-Western.

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"According to observers, media owners are brought into line with huge tax fines or with governmental contracts as reward, while journalists are being suppressed via threat of getting fired or getting jailed. Telephone tapping by the government-controlled police is a common practice."

Hmmmm. Kinda sounds like the Obama administration.
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The lesson here: When you elect a totalitarian, you get totalitarianism. Are you listening America?
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Sounds a lot like the playbook being run here at home. Makes me also wonder when we'll see the tensions being cultivated in the populace bubble over into similar anti-government violence. It might be why they're arming DHS so heavily.
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Dear Leader must be soooo jealous of Turdogan...he wishes he could do to us what tha Turd is doing to the Turks. Dear Leader is just biding his time, but his greatest miscalculation is that WE are not the Turks...

Remember Benghazi!
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As I've said before, Turkey will be an Islamic state w/i 7 yrs...unless there is a revolution. The sad fact is that Ergodan will probably win. After all, he has the judicial system, the military & the legislature in his pocket. The poor Turks! Ataturk must be spinning in his grave...
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Erdogan is following his plan, he has no desire to lead a secular Turkey in the mold of Ataturk, he dreams of an islamic caliphate to rival the glory days of the Ottoman Empire - and guess who as Sultan?
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NATO should dump Turkey and bring in Russia and Israel in a Judeo-Christian Alliance against Islam..
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Finally someone who sees Erdogan for what he really is.
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"According to observers, media owners are brought into line with huge tax fines or with governmental contracts as reward, while journalists are being suppressed via threat of getting fired or getting jailed. Telephone tapping by the government-controlled police is a common practice."

Hmmmm. Kinda sounds like the Obama administration.
45 weeks ago
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The lesson here: When you elect a totalitarian, you get totalitarianism. Are you listening America?
45 weeks ago
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Sounds a lot like the playbook being run here at home. Makes me also wonder when we'll see the tensions being cultivated in the populace bubble over into similar anti-government violence. It might be why they're arming DHS so heavily.
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The Ataturk's generation in 1020s had a good reason to ditch the centuries of stability under Islam - they were just rolled over by the dynamic Western powers during WWI.

The second generation was educated by their parents on the problems with Muslim society and benefits of the switch to secular nation.

Third generation took secular society built by their grandfathers and cherished by their fathers for granted. And they are no as immune to the sweet songs of Sharia state, as their fathers were.
This third generation sees no problem with trying Islam out one more time.

This is how they already lost the secular Turkey.

Militaristic totalitarian ideology of Islam has a built-in ability to hold on to the powers they got and use them to get more power.
It requires a national disaster (like defeat and partitioning in WWI) to kick this ideology out of power.
Nothing short of such disaster would stop Turkey's slide into Sharia state.

Law of three generations.
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