Compare the election results from voters in the Turkish army general staff to that of the overall population: 138 CHP (Kemalists); 50 MHP (Nationalists); 46 AKP (Islamists); 2 SP (even more radical Islamists). So on one hand while the population gave 50 percent to the Islamists, the high-ranking military gave them just 20 percent. On the other hand, such a high vote for Islamists even in that fortress of secularism indicates the gradual infiltration of Islamist supporters into the army. They might be sincere or opportunistic, of course, but in a sense it doesn’t matter. Four years from now, after another term for the AKP, it might well be far higher.
Monday, 13 June 2011
The Islamisation of the Turkish Military
Barry Rubin notes the islamisation of the Turkish military.