On Aug. 7, roughly 5 million people answered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's call and gathered in Istanbul's Yenikapı Square, together with the prime minister and leaders of opposition parties.
Simultaneous rallies were organized in Turkey's 80 other provinces to accompany the rally in Istanbul. Millions gathered to demonstrate their support for democracy and in solidarity against terrorism.
The Turkish people who courageously repelled the July 15 coup attempt organized by the Fethullah Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ), banded together to condemn terrorism and display their loyalty to democracy. A total of 10 million people that poured into public squares demonstrated that they embrace democracy to the rest of the world. In this sense, the rally on Aug. 7 sent a message to some European prime ministers or foreign ministers who are chronic dissidents of Turkey. Aug. 7 was the best response which could be given to the circles who were disappointed by the failure of the coup attempt in Turkey.
Media in the U.S. and the EU did not disappoint, once again practicing their double standards in journalism. While millions were in the squares to protect democracy,TV stations including CNN, the BBC, ARD and ZDF did not broadcast the rally live. Some news agencies in the EU attempted to trivialize the rally by claiming that only 100,000 people attended in inaccurate reports. So-called independent media outlets based in Europe did their best to misinform the European public, in line with orders taken from shady sources.
We are not surprised because we have grown accustomed to this. Turkey's defense of democracy disturbs some groups in the EU. Some EU countries who claim to be the stronghold of democracy hoped for the success of the fascist coup plotters in Turkey.
Instead of issuing statements that do not make any sense to the Turkish public or perpetuating operations of perception to deceive the general public in EU countries via media outlets, these media outlets should accurately analyze the New Turkey.
The EU-based groups that tried to manipulate the Gezi Park uprising, the incidents of Dec. 17-25 and subsequent presidential elections, local elections and general elections in efforts to topple Erdoğan can hopefully understand that Turkish citizens adhere to their belief that"authority belongs to the nation" and are determined to protect democracy. Those looking for help from the outlawed PKK and their Syrian wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), DAESH or FETÖ, do not have any chance.
In the face of all such atrocious plans, the Turkish people are sticking together and will not allow terrorists to threaten Turkey.
President Erdoğan, who won in democratic elections with more than 50 percent of the vote, is currently supported by around 80 percent of the electorate. The government and opposition parties are in solidarity with Erdoğan. For the last 24 days, Turkish citizens have answered Erdoğan's call to continue holding vigils for democracy in public squares, regardless of ideological differences. Tomorrow, again at the call of Erdoğan, these vigils will end.
All members of society now embrace the democratically elected president of Turkey. But what does the EU do in this respect? Nothing. The worst part is that they do not even support Turkey's defense of democracy. Some European prime ministers or foreign ministers try to defame the Turkish people's fight for democracy by issuing statements which suggest that Turkey should not join the EU. If the EU is in such a condition that it is misguided by leaders who contradict EU values by siding with the coup plotters against defenders of democracy, Turkey should not want to join the EU.
At this rate, the EU might lose Turkey and be the losing party, due to contradicting their professed values. Turkey was once determined to join the EU but it does not need to join the EU if the EU is alienated from the values it claims to uphold. The approaches of the U.S. and the EU that have humiliated Turkish citizens naturally led 79 million Turkish citizens to question membership in the EU and Turkey's current NATO membership.
If the FETÖ leader, who organized a violent coup attempt in NATO-member Turkey, can reside in exile in the U.S., and the organization's militants can freely move through EU countries, it would not be wrong to question what the NATO alliance means. NATO member countries offered weapons to the PYD terrorists and allowed them to open offices in European capitals. While the president was prohibited from giving a speech at an event in Cologne, Germany, what could be more natural than to question an alliance with the country prohibiting the speech, and continued cooperation with NATO and the EU?
The Turkish people are tired of such fake alliances which are simply manipulative. Turkey wishes to form close ties with Russia. In parallel, Turkey also leans towards the initiation of dialogue between Turkey and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and wishes to be considered a partner of the People's Republic of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The Erdoğan-Putin meeting on Aug. 9, part of a Turkey-Russia summit, holds paramount importance in terms of Turkey's interests and expectations have been set high for the summit.
On the other hand, the EU is further distancing itself from Turkey and we must warn the EU that it is about to lose Turkey.