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Istanbul Election

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Submitted by Daniel Kleitman (United States), Jun 28, 2019 at 22:48

You may be right, and it seems very probable that Erdogan will take steps to reverse this election or otherwise use his many powers to attack the elements that caused it to happen.

However, many of the steps he has been taking in recent years have been counterproductive not only to the interests of his country but to himself. He seems to take big swings at things or people he does not like and as a result hurts himself as well as those he aims at. The redo of the Istanbul election is an example as are some of the other actions you describe.

It may well be that his reaction to this second election will be similarly foolhardy, and lead to his own destruction. A tyrant who attacks his own citizenry runs the risk of enraging someone who has an opportunity to terminate his existence.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Erdogan's arrogance [47 words]Stuart WeinsteinJun 30, 2019 19:40251145
He just needs some time for a final blow... [10 words]Burhan UJul 2, 2019 10:14251145
Don't hold your breath. [21 words]Michael SJul 8, 2019 19:25251145
Oops -- Erdogan has already made his move. [105 words]Michael SJul 10, 2019 02:44251145
Istanbul Election [146 words]Daniel KleitmanJun 28, 2019 22:48251092
1Reason for optimism: Polls shows Turks do not want Sharia [127 words]DaveJun 26, 2019 12:17251035
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w/response from Daniel Pipes
NazimJun 26, 2019 09:57251031
Erdogan's Turkey Trot [77 words]Sheikh AnvakhJun 26, 2019 05:16251021
Comaring Erdogan to the EU leaders is not really fair [98 words]Michael SJul 8, 2019 18:47251021

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