The Turkish dictator Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) has just been deposed by a military coup. The military said that it took over due to “rising autocratic rule and increased terrorism“.

You have to know the history of the Turkish military to understand why this is a very good thing …

For many decades, the Turkish military insured that no Islamic fundamentalists could impose their will on Turkey.  Whenever anyone tried, they were deposed.

It is only recently that the military stood down, and Erdogan imposed an Islamic fundamentalist rule over Turkey, suspended free speech and journalism, and otherwise crushed democracy.

He also launched a major campaign to support ISIS in Syria, destabilizing the entire region in the process.

With today’s coup, the people of Turkey have a chance once again for secular and democratic rule. As the New York Times reports:

In recent years [Erdogan] has alienated many Turks with his increasingly autocratic ways, cracking down on freedom of expression, imposing a significant role for religion in public life and renewing war with Kurdish militants in the country’s southeast.

Many secular Turks, no doubt, will welcome the military’s intervention, even as it was far from clear by early Saturday morning if it would be successful.

“The people tried to stand up against President Erdogan, but they couldn’t, they were crushed, so the military had no choice but to take over,” said Cem Yildiz, a taxi driver who said Friday night that he would spend the rest of the night car-pooling to make sure people got home safely.


Like many Turks, he has blamed Turkey’s policy on Syria for the terror attacks. Early in the civil war there, Turkey supported rebel groups fighting against the Syrian government. Many of the fighters who traveled through Turkey to Syria joined the Islamic State, and critics have blamed Mr. Erdogan for enabling the group’s rise.

“He has destroyed this country and no one will stand up to him but the military,” he said. “There was no choice but this.”

Seyda Yilmaz, a teacher who was out in Istanbul on Friday when the news broke, said, “The country is in chaos, and Erdogan needs to be put in his place ….

So long as the military quickly transitions to elections, they will have done Turkey – and the world – a great service.

Update: Looks like the coup failed …

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  • Randa Jaza

    Funny. Loudest voices of “Assad Must Go” are now gone ~ first David Cameron and now Erdo-gone.

  • greg

    The MSM is portraying this as the end of the world!

    Maybe theirs…

  • sveltesvengali

    While I have little doubt that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s administration and aligned sections of the Turkish deep state have been suppressing dissent with authoritarianism, engaging in corruption, supporting the Islamic State (IS), laundering petroleum resources sourced from IS, and stoking conflict in their borderlands and abroad, not least since many of these claims are sourced from the Turkish media itself, we must be wary of narratives that would merely empower other sections of the deep state that have had a falling-out with Erdoğan, such as those aligned with Fethullah Gülen (who likewise stands accused of myriad crimes and abuses: ) and Kemalist ultranationalists (see here:, and here: ), to succeed his political order and continue the same policies under a new framework, as he is becoming increasingly politically inconvenient for all manner of world and regional powers (eg. the United States/NATO, the Russian Federation, Israel, Iran, et. al.):

    • Brockland A.T.

      It says a lot of very bad things about the Turkish people that they still go along with Erdogan, knowing what they do about how he governs and the suffering and death inflicted just across the border in Syria. But the Turkish people got their cut of the booty.

      The People in this case, weren’t fighting for democracy; the coup soldiers were. May Erdogan’s supporters and apologists get the government and future they deserve, good and hard.

      BTW, please use paragraphs…

      • sveltesvengali

        Hopefully, my edit makes what I am trying to convey easier to understand, whether you agree with it or not.

        • Brockland A.T.

          I certainly don’t disagree. Its just that, looking at all the angles, Erdogan seems to be running his country into the ground, making him a useful idiot for everyone concerned whether American CIA, Israeli Mossad or Russian FSB, and its hard to imagine they didn’t get wind of a coup coming.

          Bearing in mind that the Turkish people have considerable sympathy for Islamism, any genuinely democratic Turkey would have the perpetual inclination to vote in an Islamofacist government.

          However, its the Kemalist military that instituted secular liberal democracy against the popular will. They beleived modernization would make a powerful Turkey – and they were right. There’s actually little theological support for secular constitutional liberal democracy in Islam; government by some fundamentalist interpretation of the Quran is considered ideal.

          The duty of the military, given its history, would have been to prevent such a tyrannical government from slamming the door shut on democracy.

          Which Erdogan has been doing. We’ve just witnessed the last gasp of Kemalism, secular Turkish nationalism. There will no longer be any threat in being preventing the persecution of minority political views, even if it meant persecuting the majority all-onboard with absolutist persecutions; the bane of democracy – mob rule.

          If the military’s democratic record looks unsympathetic to democracy, its because the Turkish People are willing to vote in tyranny they don’t see as tyranny, as long as it gives them a crude prosperity. For example, Erdogan’s underground economy based on looting Syria and exploiting refugees benefited his Islamist underclass base and made many middle class in terms of material wealth.

    • sveltesvengali
  • Brockland A.T.

    Actually, no. It was the last gasp of Kemalism, secular Turkish nationalism. Turkey can only regress politically and socially from here on. The degree to which it was staged can be gauged by MSM reportage of the coup, which universally presented it as an ‘attempted coup’.

    Unlike the Western constitutional democracies, the Turkish military was semi-officially the safeguard of democracy, not The People, in the mistaken tradition of republic versus democracy, not republic AND democracy.

    The Turks, then, have no experience in voting in tyranny. Erdogan’s Islamofascism is as attractive to them as the Nazi tyrannies were to Germany and Italy in the 1930s.