A view of Turkey July 19, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Most enlightening piece here on Turkey (written before the coup spluttered to a halt), the role of the Army and the distinctions between ‘secularism’ and what the army represents and indeed the situation in regard to a conservative society. Sometimes I think Turkey seems to have features not unknown on this island. Other times not.
One fascinating point is that EU accession talks may have been in part to push the army back in its box. Another is the following:
We talked in our last conversation about Erdogan as less of a hardcore Islamist than a typical Turkish strongman, which is interesting in light of what’s now happening.
Right. The army said, essentially, that they were taking over because the government had created an autocracy. I don’t think they mentioned Islam. They mentioned the legal system. Last week, Erdogan attacked the last two independent courts. In previous coups the army took over because they thought institutions were not working properly or being populated with Islamists. But the institutions were still there. This time, the institutions themselves have been destroyed.
For those dubious about the coup from the off this won’t generate any greater certainty that all was as it seemed:
Rebel soldiers arrived at the president’s holiday residence in Bodrum a full two hours after he left. Not one government ministry was overrun by dissenting forces and reports have emerged that troops sent to block the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul believed they were on a drill. There was no figure on hand to address the country to explain why and how a military intervention was necessary.