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March 22, 2014 6:54 AM Subscribe
Turkey: The Erdogan-Gulen showdown
posted by kliuless (30 comments total)
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- "A political fight to the death had just broken out between Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, and his former allies in the movement of Mr Gulen... The prime minister argues that the Gulenists have set up a 'parallel state' within the bureaucracy, following orders from Pennsylvania and pursuing an agenda of their own."Dani Rodrik
summarizes the situation
During the last decade in which he has been in power, Erdogan has allowed the Gulen movement to take control over the police, judiciary, and large parts of the state apparatus. The Gulen movement in turn established a republic of dirty tricks, with illegal wiretaps and video recordings, fabricated evidence, framing of innocent people, slander and disinformation as its modus operandi. The monster Erdogan created eventually turned against him as the common enemy, the military and the rest of the secular establishment, were vanquished. He is now trying to slay the monster. That means purges, bringing the judiciary under his control, tightening the screws on the Internet and social media, and greatly expanding the powers of MiT, the national intelligence organization. The collateral damage for Turkish democracy – or what remained of it – is huge.
and apportions blame
- "What a tragedy Turkey has turned into. So much promise a decade ago, and so sharp the fall."
Turkey's Effort to Block Twitter Falters
- Culprit #1: the military/secular old guard, who repressed diversity and religiosity for far too long, making a backlash almost inevitable
- Culprit #2: the Gulenists, whose sham trials, blackmail, slander, wiretaps, ... turned the country into a republic of dirty tricks
- Culprit #3: Erdogan, who gave Gulenists carte blanche, and whose hubris and willingness to polarize the country apparently has no limits
- Culprit #4: Turkish intellectuals who mistook Gulenists' and Erdogan's abuses far too long for democratization
- "Embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seemed on Friday to have failed
in an attempt to block Twitter
Inc. in Turkey, as countless Turks—including his longtime ally, President Abdullah Gul—bypassed the ban to criticize the government, just nine days before local elections."