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OK, how does that jive with Erdoğan plans?

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Submitted by DrRJP, Mar 27, 2017 at 12:55

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been actively working to reestablish the Ottoman Empire and make himself, Caliph. No elections. No democratic processes, No bloodline of succession. Just the same old strongman system of grabbing power that existed for centuries prior to the advent of democratic elections.

Even so, many elections in the Middle East are illusory having never been conducted in a fair and democratic manner. The Iraqi elections of Saddam Hussein and the Iranian elections of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are two that come to mind.

Sunni and Shi'a have been fighting each other since the death of Mohammed because both lay claim to a direct descendant of Mohammed (who never got a chance to name a successor before he died). Conversely, both Moses and Jesus did choose someone to lead their respective flocks (although Catholics and Christians disagree on who was chosen).

I would like to know from Daniel what he sees as Erdoğan's endgame.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

According to the hijri calendar, Mar. 10, 2021, is the 100th anniversary of the abolition of the caliphate. I expect Erdoğan will have some big plans for that day. You heard it here first. (March 29, 2017)

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