Reports are coming in that Turkish President Recep Erdogan is actually behind the failed coup that tried to take over the country last week.
If it were an actual military coup Erdogan would probably be under arrest or dead, and neither is the case. If you were under siege would you fly into the airport supposedly under the control of the military? Wouldn’t that be suicide?
From Daily Mail:
A US-based Turkish cleric accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the Ankara government has claimed President Recep Erdogan staged the rebellion himself to justify a major clampdown on opposition forces.
Fethullah Gulen, who was a former key ally of Erdogan has been blamed by the politician of using his contacts to develop a ‘parallel structure’ to overthrow the state. Erdogan has called on US President Barack Obama to extradite Gulen, who is based in Pennsylvania.
Speaking from his home, Gulen claimed democracy in Turkey could not be achieved through military action. He condemned the plot, although authorities in Ankara are not convinced.
He said: ‘There is a slight chance, there is a possibility that it could be a staged coup. It could be meant for court accusations and associations.’
He added: ‘It appears that they have no tolerance for any movement, any group, any organisation that is not under their total control.’
President Erdogan told a crowd chanting for the death penalty on Saturday that such demands may be discussed in parliament after a coup attempt by a faction in the military killed at least 161 people.
The key objective of a coup is to arrest or kill the leader and execute a coordinated takeover of the main government bodies. Either the planners were incompetent, or something is not as it seems.
I wouldn’t put this at all past Erdogan. He’s been slowly but surely turning away from the secular government and towards the Islamists. Having his agents convince his opponents in the military to stage this coup, then leave them hanging, is an excellent way to eliminate his political opponents and replace them with more ardent Islamist military officers and soldiers.
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