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The Paradox That is Turkey - Why Erdoǧan Remained - This Time

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jul 18, 2016 at 16:35

Erdoǧan has been an enigmatic political figure that shrugs off the typical assessments of why he should have never been elected; and subsequently demonstrates the very reasons why he should never have been elected. In a question quip: who knew?

There is an answer, but since it involves things no one in the media likes to reveal, we will not attempt to analyze the remedials and cut to the chase of the observed implications that already have the pundits in a whirl. And again a quick question quip: what next?

Erdoǧan has already provided that answer: his entrenched Islamist ideology has been given not only a new lease on his political ambitions, but there is also reinforcement that his hold on Turkish power is not so vulnerable as the latest coup participants thought about his entrenchment.
So Turkish power remains as a catalyst to the other upheavals of power; that if anyone thought he is playing both sides to the Middle East power struggles, this is a reinforced reminder that even with Russian intervention in much of what is going on, he is no al-Assad and is a contender still: for now.


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Thank you Mr Pipes - my response [373 words]PhilipMar 11, 2017 08:02237498
Why the difference between the West and Turks' point of view here? [138 words]Solomon2Sep 16, 2016 14:36232749
Recent coup attempt in Turkey [89 words]
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Security camera footage of Turkish generals' abduction [21 words]Solomon2Aug 23, 2016 16:04231368
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What about the Gulenist network in America? [76 words]
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Was it truly a ssecular coup? [124 words]
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What course will Turkey now take? [41 words]
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SteveJul 22, 2016 13:31230722
"A stronger NATO"? I don't think so [371 words]Michael SJul 31, 2016 12:36230722
2Islamist coup in Turkey [6325 words]
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The new reality: Dictatorship, dictatorship and more dictatorship [321 words]Michael SJul 22, 2016 00:26230631
Me Too! [106 words]JerryJul 21, 2016 16:03230587
The Western Dandy leaders can't deal with Erdogan. [139 words]Michael SJul 29, 2016 05:30230587
1933 Revisited? [238 words]Dr. Jack LawsonJul 21, 2016 09:31230561
2Turkey's occupation of Cyprus [51 words]DavePJul 21, 2016 05:02230555
Islamismo Turco y Europa. [167 words]RafaelJul 21, 2016 03:07230553
Islamists came out of the woodwork [79 words]adaJul 21, 2016 01:03230550
1A successful coup would have been better [117 words]Ron ThompsonJul 20, 2016 23:25230548
2turkey [52 words]fred schwartzJul 20, 2016 19:11230544
The More Things Change [19 words]Barry BlackJul 20, 2016 17:16230538
1I, too, rooted for the coup [163 words]Ann WigginsJul 20, 2016 15:26230535
2Was the attempted coup genuine? [80 words]
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Rich McJul 20, 2016 13:08230534
Too Late [32 words]Barry BlackJul 21, 2016 08:50230534
False flag [43 words]AlanAug 19, 2016 17:13230534
exceptional analysis [34 words]Timothy HadleyJul 20, 2016 13:00230532
Not a minority of one: I also rooted for the Turkish coup attempt! [41 words]Daniel BamfordJul 20, 2016 10:33230530
1Turkey's Coup [178 words]Mark in St. Louis MOJul 20, 2016 10:05230529
You Are Not Alone [136 words]Stuart WeissJul 20, 2016 09:10230528
This coup like the coup in Ukraine and many other places around the world since end WWII - designed by US. [116 words]S. LatzJul 20, 2016 09:01230527
4At first, I hoped it would succeed. But then... [260 words]
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There is NO Santa ClausJul 20, 2016 08:39230526
1Isolated Opinion- really?? Like Reichstagbrand 27 Feb 1933 [255 words]From GermanyJul 20, 2016 08:19230525
The Pakistanization of Turkey [7 words]carJul 20, 2016 03:04230521
How Obtuse Are Our Leaders? [121 words]DaveJul 19, 2016 20:26230515
1Members of the terrorist group The Muslim Brotherhood must have been having panic attacks following the coup attempt [61 words]dhimmi no moreJul 19, 2016 11:43230513
The Paradox That is Turkey - Why Erdoǧan Remained - This Time [192 words]M ToveyJul 18, 2016 16:35230502
Recep Tayyip Erdogan had it coming [122 words]YJ DraimanJul 18, 2016 15:29230501
1Minority of One --- But Absolutely Right [104 words]Domenic PepeJul 18, 2016 12:25230496
1Not alone [96 words]Marc WhitneyJul 18, 2016 11:57230494

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