The latest crazy stuff that the Western media is putting out there is too ridiculous not to poke fun at. They say that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan staged the coup to strengthen his authoritarian power. Wow. Really, wow.
Erdoğan staged a coup. He turned a blind eye to endangering the lives of civilians, to the destruction and the damage. Well, I guess if he were the person the West sometimes depicts him as, he could do this. The problem is he is not that person.
Ah, you say. Give me evidence that he is not such a person. We want hard evidence.
I cannot give you hard evidence that he is a good, kind person. Well, there was the football match that was to take place yesterday to raise money for African orphans.
Ah, you say. That was put on because he wants to play football with Lionel Messi. It was only to underpin his megalomania.
OK. And Messi went along with it. Why?
Turks know he is not a megalomaniac. He is authoritarian. More accurately, the government of Turkey is authoritarian. Because it needs to be. Because this is a country threatened by three terrorist organizations. Three. Count them:
DAESH – no one would disagree with this. The PKK, even though the Western media loves to call them Kurdish rebels, they are terrorists. They represent a small section of the Kurdish population, many of whom are out in the street as guardians of democracy. And they are terrorists. They target schools during class time and hospitals full of patients. It is because they blew up ambulances that Turkey has the unwelcome distinction of being the first country to create, and need, armored ambulances.
Gülenists – wait, you say. You want to call them terrorists too? Isn't that too much? No it is not. Yes, they are terrorists. Any group that raids a television station and holds presenters at gun point, forcing them to read a statement is a terrorist group. Any group that fires on unarmed civilians, tries to run them over with tanks and shoots at them from helicopters is a terrorist group. Any group that bombs the headquarters of a nation's democracy is a terrorist group. Any group that kidnaps high-ranking military officers is a terrorist group.
If any other country faced such threats it would demand an authoritarian figure to confidently lead the country. Yet, double standards mean that when Turkey faces a three-fold terrorist threat, decisiveness, or authoritarianism, is a problem.
OK, I have wandered off topic. I was talking about this crackpot theory that Fethullah Gülen put out that Erdoğan staged this coup himself.
Even if Erdoğan is authoritarian, even if we cannot get you to accept that he is not a person to wantonly cause the death of anyone, let alone innocent civilians, there is no way that he staged this coup.
If Erdoğan had staged this coup, the leaders of the four major political parties – for some strange reason both co-chairs of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ were out of town; the Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was also out of town but the Parliament waited for him - but that is another matter for another day – the four leaders would not have come together to sign a joint statement. If Erdoğan had staged this coup then the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would have been there, marching with the military. Remember that after the horrible bombings in Ankara, MHP was calling for martial law, demanding curfews and demanding the military step in – just a few months ago. They would have ensured that the coup succeeded in bringing down the government. That the plan backfired.
If Erdoğan had staged this coup, the CHP would have been at the front lines alongside the MHP. They would have ensured that the plan backfired. They want nothing more than the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to disappear. Then they might have a chance to run the country for the first time since the single-party period.
If Erdoğan had staged this coup, the HDP, too, would have been fighting side by side with the soldiers to make sure that the plan backfired. What else have they been doing for the past year but supporting the PKK to try to tear the country in two and bring the government down. Or at least to secede from the nation.
Evidence you say? You need evidence? The evidence is that the entire nation stood up for democracy. The evidence is that the entire nation rallied. The evidence is that all parties, all religions, all people stood against plotters dressed up as soldiers and said: "No. We do not want this."
The people of Turkey stepped up to protect democracy. What happened is not a matter about supporting the AK Party or Erdoğan.
To paraphrase the protestors during the Gezi Park protests: Do you still not get it? It's not about Erdoğan. It's much bigger than that. What happened is about democracy. What happened is about Turks' right as a nation to self-determination. Forget the French Revolution or the American Revolution. The night of the failed coup is the new turning point in modern history.
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