By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
UPDATE Saturday, July 16, 2016: An even uglier turn of event as Hamas (a terrorist group) parades down the streets of Gaza in support of Turkey’s Islamic President Erdogan.
A military coup is under way in Turkey. The Turkish state-controlled Anadolu Press Agency has reported a military helicopter attack against police special forces headquartered in or near Ankara.
You should not be surprised that this coup is taking place.
Since becoming Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been openly embracing Islam– while flirting with Western values for the purpose of advancing commerce. In spite of his ambivalent persona, Erdogan is an Islamic leader, whose repeated censorship of Twitter, social media and free speech has divided young Turks and created general resentment among the Turkish people, most of whom had become secularized after decades of changes resulting from the modernization started by Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
In addition, Erdogan’s government has been dealt a strong blow with the recent Islamic terrorist bombings in Istanbul’s airport. It should also be noted that there are ongoing supply chains from the Turkish territory into ISIS-held areas. This is all taking place in Erdogan’s watch. But Erdogan’s actions have shown that he is more interested in defeating Assad in Syria than in defeating ISIS.
Erdogan’s Islamic roots have been well documented through his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)– which has been long accused of seeking to impose conservative Islamic values on Turkish society.
In the midst of all this, Turkey remains critical for NATO’S strategies in the region.
Ironically, Erdogan behaved like a millennial today and did a veritable about-face when he found himself limited to transmitting his message to the people of Turkey through iPhone’s FaceTime (a video social media app)– from the location where he was vacationing. As millennials would say, I can’t even…
As of the time of this post, it is impossible to know which side is winning– since Ankara, the capital of Turkey, is in intermittent blackouts– but reports indicate that the military is gaining control of parliament buildings, and explosions are taking place.
Given the unfolding disaster in Turkey, this is a good time to revisit “There is Anxiety in Ankara” — which I published on May 17, 2014 outlining Turkey’s geopolitical reality, vis-à-vis Russia and as a member of the NATO Alliance.
It is in Ankara, after all, where the fate of this coup will be decided– and inevitably where most blood will be shed.
Someone has to say the truth…
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