Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Who Lost Turkey?

Excellent analysis of Turkey's descent into Islamic darkness from the Jerusalem post. Of course Israel feels the pangs of regret more keenly than anyone else since they had nurtured fond hopes of having Turkey as an ally. Israel even traded military secrets and technology with the Turks and now regrets it, having concluded that the Turks have now shared those secrets with Israel's enemies, like Syria.

You have to hand it to Turkey’s Islamist leaders. They sure know how to get their way. In the seven years since they first took power, the Islamist AKP party has successfully transformed Turkey from a staunch ally of the US and Israel and a member of NATO into a staunch ally of Iran and a member of NATO.

And that’s not all. Turkey’s Islamist leaders have used the Western language of democracy and freedom not only to abandon the West. They have used that language to destroy the foundations of Turkey’s Western-style secular democracy and transform the governing system of NATO’s sole Muslim member into a hybrid of Putinist autocracy and Iranian theocracy.

On September 12, the AKP took an enormous step toward consolidating its achievements and expanding its power. The Islamist regime won a national plebiscite on constitutional amendments that remove the remaining obstacles to its absolute power.

As a National Review reader noted, the vote was a mockery of democracy. It was held at the end of Ramadan during which the AKP provided 30 consecutive free post- Ramadan fast dinners to voters in key voting districts.

SINCE TAKING office, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party have used both lawful and unlawful means to intimidate, repress and silence all significant organs of secularist opposition to their rolling Islamic revolution. The media, civil service, police and business community have all been co-opted and intimidated into submission.

According to the Kemalist constitution, the military was the constitutional protector of secular Turkey. It was constitutionally bound to combat all threats to Turkey’s secular regime – including threats posed by political parties and political leaders. Over the past seven years, the AKP has done everything it could to demoralize and criminalize the military’s leadership and eviscerate the military’s constitutional powers and organizational independence. Most recently, President Abdullah Gul began intervening in promotions of generals to block all non-Islamists from acquiring command positions.

The constitutional amendments just passed further emasculate the military, placing it under the jurisdiction of AKP-controlled civilian courts.

In 1980, in accordance with its constitutional responsibility, the military ousted a precursor of the AKP from power in what the West incorrectly characterized as a coup. The new constitutional amendments make the military commanders who ousted the Islamists vulnerable to criminal prosecution for their actions. No doubt, in the near future these generals will be brought into court in shackles and charged with subverting the will of the people.

The message to any general with any thought of removing Erdogan and his colleagues will be crystal clear.

Aside from the chastened military, the only remaining outpost of secular power in Turkey has been the judiciary. In the past, the judiciary has overturned many of the government’s actions that it ruled were unconstitutional and illegal. The new constitutional amendments will work to end judicial independence by giving the government control over judicial appointments. The AKP’s justice minister will also have increased power to open investigations against judges and prosecutors.


You can read the rest of the article here.

3 comments:

  1. "Istanbul: Press Freedom Alla Turca"
    CLAIRE BERLINSKI

    http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/3315/full

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  2. "Turkish Delight"

    (Not really)

    http://biased-bbc.blogspot.com/2010/11/turkish-delight.html#comments

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  3. Part of democracy is accepting the results of elections in places such as Turkey and blogs such as these have no idea that Turks voted for the AKP and will get rid of the AKP when the time comes. Crying that Turkey should get rid of the AKP because it is somehow Islamist and not a party with democratic ideals goes against democracy.

    Blogs such as this have a serious post Gallipoli "I cant accept being defeated by Turkey" problem. Since if the AKP did not exist blogs such as this will no doubt find something else to complain about.

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