Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
July 18, 2016
The coup and its aftermath in Turkey have been so dominating the news that my plans for scheduled blogs this week has been all but upended, but in any case, there are more things to consider as the news keeps coming out of Ottoman Turkey as the nutty Ottomaniac Sultan Erdogan rolls the clock back on the heritage of Kamal Attaturk. But first a review:
In Saturday’s special News and Views from the Nefarium, I outlined four basic possibilities – which I also explicitly pointed out were not an exhaustive list – for the coup: (1) it was an internal affair staged by the Sultan himself, to strengthen his hand in Turkey, (2) It was an internal affair staged by other groups in Turkey, among which one might assume (a) the pro-secularizing camp, namely the military, which in Attaturk’s vision was to be the guarantor of Turkey’s Islamic secular republic, or (b) Fatullah Gulen’s network, which doubtless included some of the military (interesting how the American media is saying he’s simply a “cleric”, a wonderfully benign term that reminds one of Archbishop Fulton Sheen), or (c) some other internal network, perhaps like Turkey’s notorious “Grey Wolves”, a nationalist, neo-Fascist “Turkish supremacist” group with its own murky background, including connections to the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, and yes(here is comes) its own murky connections to Nazism and all of its wonderful throwback institutions.
Then there were two other basic possibilities(again not exhaustive, and in fact for an interesting take on things, see the YouTube comments on Saturday’s special News and Views, as one lady offered yet two more plausible ideas): (3) the coup was external and staged by some external power, perhaps unhappy with the Sultan’s sudden and sweeping reversal of policy by (a) apologizing to Russia and offering compensation to the family of the Russian pilot, (b) wanting to normalize relations with Assad’s Syria, and (3) restore the six year breach of relations with Israel. Such an about face was bound to have provoked someone, someone who wanted to see the continued rise of jihadism in the Middle East, and/or someone who wanted to see continued chaos in that region; and finally (4) an external coup staged, not by some external power, but rather, by some external group.
With this context in mind, consider the following stories:
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