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Are Merkel and Co. ready for this?

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Oct 26, 2015 at 20:56

This is speculation about what a mentally unbalanced person (Erdogan) plans to do if he fails to get a majority in the next election. How shall we approach this? Let's just assume E's mind is a clean slate, and look at it from the standpoint of possibilities:

Assuming he does not get a majority, how will he manage to "(leave) a seemingly unchanged government in place that behinds the scenes follows orders from the palace?" Julius Caesar was able to do this sort of thing, after he illegally entered Italy at the head of an army. Erdogan is not a general; where is his army? He did a massive purge of the armed forces a while ago. Do his hand-picked men have sufficient clout to stage a coup? Because that's what it would have to be.

Turkey is a large country, with a powerful armed forces and police force; and I expect that there are many in the ranks who would not stand for an illegal takeover -- especially if the courts oppose it. E. would have to use some sort of legal means, such as declaring martial law.

Voiter fraud seems like a less messy way to go; but I don't see how he could pull that off without acquiescence from the CIA and Obama.

By the way, Erdogan has the Russian army, navy and air force on his north and south sides now., and their Iranian allies to the east. I imagine they will consider themselves as having a stake in these goings-on.

It seems unlikely, whatever the outworking of it, that Erdogan plans to ever step down from the throne -- literally a golden throne (well, gilded), in a palace made for a sultan. I expect that his party WILL win the election, whether the people bring that about or no; and that Obama will go along with the charade.

One way or another, Turkey is on a slippery slope, and cannot be counted on to behave like a rational actor. In a short time, we may see hundreds of thousands of Turks joining their Syria guests in trying to escape to Europe. Are Merkel and Co. ready for this?


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Title Commenter Date Thread
2Erdogan perfidy [71 words]Earl GreenOct 27, 2015 10:09226090
Erdogan has time on his side -- but only so much [659 words]Michael SNov 2, 2015 13:59226090
3Dictatorship has many faces [191 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
CharlesOct 27, 2015 05:52226083
1Erdogan and the mafias. [80 words]Giorgio BalestrieriOct 27, 2015 05:05226082
2Big Deal And So What [117 words]Uncle VladdiOct 26, 2015 22:05226077
1Ritual [109 words]DajjalOct 28, 2015 17:51226077
1Eastern 'concepts' [123 words]George KeselmanOct 26, 2015 21:13226076
1"Orientalist" racism is backwards! [391 words]Uncle VladdiOct 28, 2015 17:52226076
Stereotypical stereotypes stereotypically tend to fall short. [248 words]Michael SOct 29, 2015 17:43226076
A bit more on Eastern 'concepts' [516 words]George KeselmanNov 1, 2015 16:42226076
1no way supporting Eastern 'morality' [73 words]George KeselmanNov 1, 2015 16:47226076
Where is the line? [227 words]Michael S.Nov 4, 2015 03:01226076
showing the line [66 words]George KeselmanNov 4, 2015 20:11226076
Not much air between Obama and Erdogan... and the Saudis, for that matter. [673 words]Michael SNov 9, 2015 04:31226076
1Are Merkel and Co. ready for this? [363 words]Michael SOct 26, 2015 20:56226075
Rogue dictatorship [64 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Edmond BeniacarOct 26, 2015 18:46226073

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