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Turkey Embraces The Darkness

28 September 2012 @ 11:03

Actual Middle East expert David Pryce-Jones has published a grim analysis of the transformation going on in Turkey.

This is worth quoting in full:

Turkey has just held show trials that bear comparison to the judicial monstrosities staged in Stalin’s Soviet Union. Three hundred senior military officers, some serving and some retired, have been handed long prison sentences. They have been accused of belonging to a terrorist organization called Ergenekon that back in 2003 was plotting the overthrow of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The trials began in 2007. They are a disgrace. The plotters are alleged to have been intending to bomb mosques, shoot down a Turkish military aircraft and other improbabilities of the sort. The “evidence” offered by the prosecution is full of anachronisms, forgeries and other evident fabrications. The defense was not permitted to call witnesses in a position to expose the nonsense.

It is true that the military have staged coups in the recent Turkish past, not in their own interest but to preserve the secular modernizing state that replaced the old Ottoman Empire. Erdogan can now be seen to have taken the major strategic decision to re-align the country as an Islamist state. To that end, he had to neutralize the army. He could never have obtained 20-year prison sentences for innocent officers unless he had already purged the judiciary and installed Islamist yes-men. Similarly the media. Turkey is the country with the highest number of journalists in prison.

The balance of power is shifting again against the West. Turkey has renounced its status as a democracy. Suspecting that membership of the European Union was more and more probable, Turkey is instead choosing to become the leader of Sunni Islamism. Opposition to Shiite Iran and its Syrian protectorate follows, although just a short while ago Erdogan was supporting them whole-heartedly and claiming to have zero problems with neighbors. The new Islamism demands rupture with Israel and identification with Hamas.

President Obama is happy to tell everyone that he is in the habit of telephoning Erdogan frequently. He does not denounce the show trials and seems unaware that his chat-line friend in Ankara has changed.

Obama knows damn well what’s going on.

I do not envy Mr. Romney if he wins.

  1. M. Thompson permalink
    28 September 2012 @ 14:51 14:51

    It’s the end of the world as we know it. . .

  2. 28 September 2012 @ 15:53 15:53

    The above post is just another reason why this particular country should NOT be allowed into the European Union.

    • 29 September 2012 @ 01:27 01:27

      Anything that will cause the European Union to collapse is something Americans should get behind, so if letting the bastards join will help speed the process, then I’m in favor. Do you have any thoughts on this?

  3. Adobe_Walls permalink
    28 September 2012 @ 17:02 17:02

    On the bright side, perhaps Iran and Turkey will become embroiled in a slow burn military confrontation with Iran over Syria. Turkey’s former greatness is more recent than Persia’s and both nations have the urge to hegemony, while both sides would approach this through an Islamic framework, Turkey has no doubt of the superiority of Turkish Islamic hegemony over the Persian variety. There is a certain logic to prolonging the conflict in Syria rather than attempting to end it.

    • 29 September 2012 @ 01:24 01:24

      And Turkey is Sunni and Iran is Shite.

      I certainly hope that the conflict in Syria drags on and on, as it ties up resources on both sides that normally would be used against us.

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