By Edmond Y. Azadian
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist AKP party has turned Turkey into a fascist state terrorizing its domestic population and murdering the Kurdish minority. The US, Europe and Russia have all subscribed to Erdogan’s policy, each driven by their selfish interests. They all need a bully in the region to resort to in rotation for their political ends.
On the one hand, the Turkish government is in pursuit of a rigorous witch-hunt to purge followers of Abdullah Gulen, who supposedly was behind the failed recent military coup. On the other hand, the army has been waging a war of extermination against its Kurdish minority under the guise of fighting terrorism. The US and the European Union (EU), to ease their consciences, have accepted the Turkish government’s claim that the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party) is a terrorist organization and not a national liberation movement.
The irony is that on the other side of the border in Syria, the PKK affiliate is hailed and supported as a US ally.
To demonstrate the dictatorial nature of Erdogan’s regime, Ali Bayramoglu has posted an article in Al Monitor, where he states: “Turkey has been governed through legislative decrees that bypass parliament. The paradox stems both from the legal flaws in how Gulenists are being pursued, which has increasingly resembled a witch-hunt and the way the emergency-rule regime is being used, going beyond the stated purpose of pursuing and cleansing the putschists.”
To further substantiate the above claims, Bayramoglu writes in the same article: “The purges have produced a staggering toll — 93,000 public employees suspended, 60,000 people expelled from public service, 50,000 people detained and 32,000 people imprisoned pending trials, according to open sources. The toll also includes the closure or seizure of 4,245 entities, including 129 foundations, 1,125 associations, 15 universities, 198 trade unions, 23 radio stations, 45 newspapers and 29 publishing houses. … A political system centered on suspicions and perceptions of threat has long been a fundamental feature of authoritarian regimes.”