Conspiracies are a running theme of the various Turkish soap operas popular across the Middle East. And in Ankara, politics is imitating art.First came allegations that supporters of the Gulen Movement, a secretive religious organization that has had a falling out with Erdogan’s AK Party, wiretapped hundreds of incriminating conversations among high-level government officials. Next, an alleged recording of a conversation between Erdogan and his son, in which Erdogan tells his son to hide the millions of dollars that had apparently been stashed in his house, went viral. The New York Times:
“Mr. Erdogan’s office has dismissed this latest bombshell disclosure as a fabrication. But it has inevitably heightened the sense of crisis that has enveloped Turkey since the corruption scandal burst into public view in mid-December with a series of dawn raids on the homes and offices of associates of Mr. Erdogan.The crisis has damaged Turkey’s already troubled economy. The currency tumbled again on Tuesday while opposition lawmakers called — and not for the first time — for the government to step down, with one official saying Mr. Erdogan should either resign or flee the country “by helicopter.”
Of course, this is all part of the dark designs of the “outside forces” who are out to get Erdogan. The “porn lobby” objects to his efforts to control the flow of information throughout Turkey via the internet. Telekinesis and the “interest-rate lobby” are to blame for the massive anti-government protests that took place all over Turkey last summer, as well as Lufthansa, because it was threatened by plans to build Istanbul’s third airport. Given the many and diverse lobbies out to get Erdogan, it’s hardly surprising that someone made an incriminating tape while a huge corruption scandal is threatening his very government.The tape’s existence is unverifiable, but the Times report also suggests that the Gulenists might even have more scandalous, possibly R-rated material to release, and that they’re just biding their time for the municipal and parliamentary elections due this year. Our guess is that the porn lobby might have something to do with that too.