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Recent coup attempt in Turkey

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Submitted by Steve Hagerman (United States), Aug 13, 2016 at 20:02

Your view may be absolutely right. My thought, however, is that the Gulen movement probably infiltrated the Turkish military as well as other seats of power throughout the country and was in a contest with Erdogan for ultimate control. The Gulenists and Erdogan were former allies, and prior to their recent falling out Erdogan probably had extensive records of Gulen's followers and the positions they held. If the coup was actually led by Gulenists in the military, its success would have merely replaced present leaders with another Islamist regime.

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You could be right, though I don't believe that Gülen was behind the coup attempt. Even if he was, I prefer his Islamist dictatorship to Erdoğan's.

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