Long-lasting Effects of Turkish Coup D’état Attempt for the US Foreign Relations
It looks like we survived through the week of Republican National Convention electing Donald Trump as the Presidential Candidate of the Republican Party. We still have another week to get through with Democratic National Convention where Hillary Clinton is expected to squeeze herself into the running. And since her major opponent have joined her and asked his supporters to support Clinton now, I think America that we know and love is doomed and heading for disaster. What a shame, really…
In the meantime, let’s examine the Turkish coup attempt that took place in Turkey on the night of July 15 since I’ve been reading some interesting incriminating article on the US, England and Israel involvement in this attempt. What makes this coup d’état so different from others that Turkish military is so famous for is, of course, the fact that it failed. Which means that it wasn’t well planned, not all military personnel was participating, and therefore, this coup was not ideological, based on internal disagreements within the country, but rather a quick and dirty attempt to overthrow legitimate government by the external, not necessarily Turkish parties. In fact, soon after the coup, Erdogan expressed his fury with US and the fact that we don’t extradite his long-time enemy Fethullah Gulen who is living somewhere in Pennsylvania since 1999, apparently under protection of CIA, as was reported in several editorials in Turkish, such as this one, where Google translator (thanks, Google) states:
“Fethullah Gulen is a cult leader who lives in the United States and [is] used by the CIA as a tool Gladio (a CIA-led activities that operated in Europe and infiltrated leftist organizations, killing democrats and leftists). This organization is also organized within the Turkish armed forces to implement a US-led policies. They shot down the Russian plane in November 2015 [and] attempted a military coup yesterday. The Air Force has played an important role in this coup attempt. The court had agreed to prosecute the 2000 Gulenist officers in the Turkish army two days earlier.”
So, here we have it: US have played its part in both the Turkish Coup attempt and in downing of a Russian SU-24 in November of last year, after which Turks have suffered from economic and tourist sanctions imposed on them by the Russian Federation. I wonder why it was hidden from us all this time? No worries (yet), it was a rhetorical question. Now that Turkish President have publicly apologized for the downing of a Russian military plane that he probably never even ordered, I have yet to see our President Obama to apologize to Russians for the same. Oh, wait! America never apologizes for anything, like George W. Bush once said. Why would Obama have any more conscience than any of the other conscience-free leaders that we have recently had? Again, it’s a rhetorical question…
What interests me more is why Turkish military have succeeded in all Coup D’états of the 20th Century that happened in 1960, 1971, and 1980, as well as a military memorandum in 1997, but then fail in 2016? Looks like the reasons for such an extraordinary failure are the fact that the highest military officials and other parts of the army disagreed to participate in overthrowing Erdogan’s regime, and that the ousted leader have been popular enough for the people to listen to his call to flood the streets and stop the coup. Although this approach has contributed to the number of reported deaths, it did save the country from the terrorist networks overtaking the country. As a result, Erdogan has started a massive army and the lawmakers’ cleansing activities, arresting and persecuting thousands of his ideological enemies, horrifying the US and Europe out of their wits. In the meantime, Israel is silent, as if Mossad had nothing to do with this coup and the killings of Turkish soldiers (Israel’s long-time enemies) on the streets.
On a positive note, Erdogan may, after all, restore Turkish relationships with Russia, Syria and Iran and maybe even stop bombing the Kurds living in his country. We’ll just have to wait and see what he does next, but so far I completely understand his anger. I mean, wouldn’t you be angry if your allies used your own military base in order to overthrow and even maybe kill you? I sure would! But no, Turks should not get angry. Only US can do it. What a double standard…
That said, I do not agree with recent allegations made by many US media that Erdogan stands to benefit from the coup attempt so much that he must have been the one behind it. He definitely does use the situation to his advantage, but who would blame him except for the perpetrators of the coup attempt? The fact that the coup plotters used NATO-occupied Incirlik Air Force base, and the subsequent arrest of the base commander, General Bekir Ercan Van by government forces right after the coup was defeated, tells us that Washington leaders were behind the coup and must have given the green light to the leaders of the coup or else the coup would have been stopped even before it started.
Unfortunately, American and all official media is void of both ethics and logic, and so our leaders would never admit to being wrong, not mentioning apologizing for such dirty deeds. I doubt that anything will change for the good after our November elections, but let’s keep hoping that things to deteriorate to the point where we will have to hide under our desks in the attempt to save ourselves from the nuclear retaliation coming from our former “partners in crime”… After all, NATO did give Turkey 40 nuclear missiles to keep Russians in check. When will we ever learn to mind our own business?
Author: Emily Ford