Some in the Western media frustrated as people's will repelled the coup in Turkey
by Arda Alan Işık
Jul 19, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Arda Alan Işık
Jul 19, 2016 12:00 am
The failed coup attempt on Friday night was one of the most extraordinary events in the history of the Republic of Turkey, and I find it irrational talk about football in such unusual times. Now, a lot of pieces were written on how this bloody coup was organized and implemented, but I have not read a piece on how the Western media reacted on this event, which was very suspicious. Thus, I find it worthy to expose the frustration of some people in the Western media, as if they were expecting to see the will of Turkish people fail against the catastrophic coup.
The first piece that seemed very troubling to me was: "Turkey was an unlikely victim of an equally unlikely coup," written by Max Fischer and Amanda Taub in The New York Times. The piece basically suggests that the coup, which killed more than 200 people and left many government buildings severely damaged, was not something to take seriously, with their words, it was: "Not what a coup looks like." Fischer and Taub wrote: "Research suggests that carrying out a successful coup is a bit like baking a cake: There is a recipe, and if you skip steps or leave out ingredients, you'll almost certainly fail. Turkey's plotters didn't follow the recipe." They sounded as if they would take only this coup seriously if the coup succeeded; ignoring the bombardment of the capital city, Parliament, secret service and presidential palace. Just curious, if all those happened in Washington, would Fischer and Taub dare to make the same comments?
In another example, Andrew Finkel, who worked for many newspapers in Turkey, wrote "Turkey was already undergoing a slow-motion coup - by Erdoğan, not the army." In his piece in The Guardian, he said "If it [the coup] had an air of amateur desperation, it is because its perpetrators probably assumed that this was their last chance to stop the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from getting the military completely under its control." The strange point is that Finkel seems to have no problem with a junta hijacking the people's will, but the president and commander in chief of the Turkish Republic's control his country's military. So let me get this straight, Finkel thinks any military personnel who is about to retire has the right to make a "final stand" against the legitimate government. If this was right, I guess every retired general on Fox News should have overthrown the U.S. government long ago.
You can find many columns like this in other big guns of the Western media like the Wall Street Journal, The Economist etc. Amid all the violence towards the people of Turkey by the junta, their headlines are "Erdoğan's post-coup crackdown," "A half-baked coup attempt" or "The sultan survives." Now, it would be naive to think the Western media is just shocked by the failure of the coup, they are clearly frustrated to see the elected government of Turkey still in charge. Rather than pointing out the heroic resistance of the Turkish people, many columns decided to promote the bloodbath as a hoax, because it failed to overthrow "the Sultanate."
Their main argument is, "the attempt was doomed to fail, because it was not a coup after all," but it is not clear is whether they consider this coup attempt a real coup attempt. If continuous conflict for eight or nine hours with fighter jets and tanks in Ankara and Istanbul is not enough, I assume only a successful attempt is a real attempt for them. Added to that, this argument clearly undermines the resistance of the Turkish people against the coup attempt and suggests that the people who stood in front of the tanks made no difference. Nevertheless, they forget that the coup attempt was not successful not because it was not a real coup attempt, but because it was repelled by an equally real and powerful civil resistance. Lots of pieces stress that the putschists have lost since 1980, but they do not consider how the Turkish society and government changed since then. No matter how the Western media manipulates the failed coup attempt at the hands of the Turkish nation's will, the truth is Turkish people showed amazing dedication and loyalty to democracy.