July 16, 2016 Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, MD, PhD
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Announced on July 16, 2016 that an Attempted Military Coup Against Him and His Regime is Over!
As many of you readers may recall, I have repeatedly talked about the inevitability of a military coup against the increasingly dictatorial Erdogan over the past few years. I have been monitoring the progression of Erdogan’s increasing submission to fundamentalist Islam as a rationale for usurping more power in a country that had been secular since the time of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk [1920’s].
I was also talking from personal experience.
For years, I had been visiting Bodrum [seashore], Istanbul, and Ankara for one reason or another. Over that period of time, I have witnessed Erdogan becoming a tyrant, suppressing religious freedoms in concert with massive arrests of legitimate opponents. Some were journalists,others were senior military officers, and some ordinary citizens who simply opposed him or expressed civil discontent. Often, I would watch in amazement as his police force would round up innocent Turkish students on a random basis.
The Erdogan I got to know was not always that way. When he was the Mayor of Istanbul, an incredibly bustling city, he was effective at maintaining services and running a complex city. Yet, he decided to climb up the greasy pole of national Turkish politics—in itself, an inherently dangerous pursuit.In that process, he neutralized any potential opponents who could stay in the way of his ascendancy; including army generals and his once most trusted ally, Imam Fetullah Gulen.
In contrast to Erdogan, Gulen, a mystical Sufi Muslim, advocated for complete religious freedom and a democratic constitution. Gulen had to flee to America, there he created a large movement espousing his philosophy from his 26 acre retreat in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. There, he was able to create over 1000 schools in 100 countries based on his belief that science, education, and different religions should be integrated into one organization.
In turn, Erdogan viewed Gulen’s philosophy as a direct threat to his increasing despotism. Recently, Erdogan spent years trying to eliminate any elements of Gulen’s advocates in the Turkish judiciary, military, and media. Erdogan’s second initiative was to support ISIS fighters who would eventually attempt to destabilize Iraq and Syria through weapons, ammunition and monies that Erdogan provided for big bucks.
Erdogan has, like most tyrants, accumulated a major fortune through the highly skilled use of political patronage and massive amounts of corruption in the construction business.The military coup that occurred on July 15, 2016 was broadcast world-wide over censored media. In part, it was successful, in part it failed.
Unlike the military coups in Thailand and Egypt which occurred without much blood shed, the Turkish coup inflicted over 200-300 dead soldiers/civilians. Yet,the real war was on social media which Erdogan had to utilize despite his having banned it in the past as a nefarious instrument for anti-Erdogan messages.
Using twitter, Erdogan pled with his followers in Istanbul to flood the streets with anti-coup protestors.These protestors came out in force and impeded the ongoing military coup.The media controls the message.
From Erdogan’s perspective this military coup is over. Yet, from my experience in such matters, I would caution Erdogan that he is at best optimistic, if not self-delusional.
Contrary to the paid experts in the media, military coups are not configured as one single episode which either succeeds or fails. Usually, military coups have an extended life span which goes in spurts and can be they either ‘soft’ or ‘kinetic’.
During the Nixon Administration,many senior officials took time to transfer power from a disabled POTUS to the more capable hands of the DCI, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Defense. In one other case, Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates [former DCI] warned the US military not to even consider a military coup, despite the fact that his civilian handlers: Bush/Cheney, had just killed 3000 plus Americans on 9/11.
Unbeknownst to Gates, he had been placed in his position because there had been another soft coup which had eliminated the nefarious former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, who had been proven to be completely incompetent when he had initiated an Iraq War without having an competent strategy for the post war occupation.
As a result of the Turkish kinetic coup, Erdogan will be on alert 24/7 trying to make certain that no one will usurp his powers. His paranoia and state of wariness will increase exponentially to the point where he literally cannot, nor will not trust anyone, especially his closest friends.His subsequent actions may well appear erratic and vengeful.
There is a saying on the wall of one of the U.S. intelligence agencies which reads as follows:
“Paranoids really do have enemies!”
Ataturk had warned that the Turkish Armies’ loyalty should never be beholden to any civilians; furthermore, by Turkish law, their army must step up to guard the integrity of the constitution and the republic.
Americans: think about following that precept as our country exits a POTUS admin contrived by a maelstrom of false flags and racial divisiveness.
Former Democratic President Harry Truman said the following:
“I don’t give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell!”
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