Attempted Military Coup in Turkey Thwarted

GLAZOVA: FAILED MILITARY COUP ATTEMPT IN TURKEY WILL LEAD TO REPRESSIONS, FURTHER EXASPERATING THE WEST, WHICH IS ALREADY FRUSTRATED BY TURKISH PRESIDENT’S HEAVY

HAND, TURN TOWARD AUTHORITARIAN RULE

A FAILED COUP AND ITS AFTERMATH. (By Anna Glazova. Nezavisimaya gazeta, July 18, 2016, p. 5. Condensed text:) An attempted military coup in Turkey has ended in failure. What was this? A false flag operation by Turkish secret services aimed at strengthening [Turkish] President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on power, a plot by external forces, or an ill-conceived, failed attempt to oust the current leadership?

Let’s leave the first theory to the conspiracy theorists to flesh out. Erdogan has a stably high approval rating, and a subservient government and media, and he has started reorienting Turkey’s foreign policy toward normalizing relations with Middle Eastern countries and Russia. So he hardly needed an upheaval of this magnitude, which has led to significant casualties among his supporters and dealt a serious blow to the country’s economy. It is conceivable that the West was involved in the coup, or at least aware that it was imminent, but it did not play a decisive role.

The attempted military coup in Turkey was most likely the belated reaction of some military officers to the evolving situation in the country and their aspiration to return Turkey to the political development vector it has followed since the time of [former Turkish president Mustafa] Kemal Ataturk. The Army, which for decades has been the guarantor of the Constitution and Turkey’s secular development, undoubtedly saw how the country was turning into an Islamic state and gradually sliding toward authoritarian rule under President Erdogan; how the leadership supports radical Islamist groups fighting in Syria that subsequently orchestrate high-profile terror attacks in Istanbul and Ankara; and how independent journalists, public and political figures are being persecuted and opposition media outlets are being shut down. ...

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