Turkey Elections
Erdogan’s Presidential Power Play
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  • Curious Mayhem

    Here’s another nutcase that resulted from premature pressure to introduce multiparty democracy. In Turkey’s case, it was the EU, in the early 1990s, that put that pressure on, in order to prepare Turkey for full EU membership.

    This push was always a mistake. Turkey is not a European country. Voters and opposition politicians in EU countries wisely rejected this move. Unfortunately, the democratization drive allow the crypto-Islamic AKP to emerge, take power, and apparently evolve to the point where it can’t give up that power. The party is no longer a majority, but now a plurality, party. Nonetheless, we’re probably going to learn the hard way, again, about Islamic movements taking power through the ballot box: one man, one vote, once. That’s what happened in Gaza in 2007, when the Bush administration foolishly insisted on an election where the only alternative to the PLO/Fatah was Hamas. Hamas won, and there have been no elections since. Hamas views Gaza as a base of operations, nothing more. To them, Gazans are a supply of conscriptable labor and, when needed, human shields.

    The Turkish military used to be the “national” (as opposed to Islamic) institution that safeguarded Turkey as a modern, secular state. Its power has been eviscerated. Who can save Turkey now? Will Obama continue to swoon over Erdogan as the ideal of “democratic political Islam,” an oxymoron?

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