JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ONE OF THE MODERN WORLD’S GENUINE EVIL GENIUSES – TURKEY’S ERDOGAN AND SOME POLITICAL LESSONS HE OFFERS   1 comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PETE WEATHERBY IN THE INDEPENDENT

Some conspiracy theorists think Erdogan himself was behind the coup – indeed, that is Gulen’s contention. Yet the reality is more straightforward: he has seized an unexpected opportunity

Yes, at the first, more than a few suspected the coup was a black government operation. It remains entirely possible.

Erdogan not only consolidated dictatorial powers, he gained public sympathy, and the coup revealed all the people in important positions who shouldn’t be in them from his point of view. He carried out, quite literally, a state-controlled revolution.

If he indeed did create the coup, he really is an evil genius. Rarely has an event gone so well for its intended victim.

But simple observation of his week-to-week actions and words do confirm a very clever and diabolical man.

He publicly strongly criticizes Israel, making his Muslim followers happy, yet works secretly with Israel on some projects, as he did in Syria.

He attacks Russia in frustration for ruining his Syrian plans, but emerges building a new relationship with Russia, including the re-emergence of the Turkish Stream gas project. That relationship with Russia is also used to help keep the United States in line.

By having taken huge numbers of refugees from America’s Middle East bombing horrors, he keeps a hammer over the EU’s head while at the same time gaining credit with his own people as a humanitarian. Etc, etc, etc.

He slips up now and then – as with the stupid downing of a Russian jet – but he has enough goodwill at home and he has enough leverage in the international community – as with NATO and keeping the EU on the hook constantly – to just slip through.

His is a remarkable performance whether he engineered the coup or not. Likely, we will never know, but we do know this is a figure cut from much the same cloth as Hitler or Stalin – who were very clever often in their plots – although his sphere of operations is a much smaller one.

Posted September 7, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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