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It is question of character

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Submitted by Nazim Cairo (Denmark), Jul 19, 2013 at 21:42

Erdogan represents a unique combination of cunning, resolve and political pragmatism. He has enough of both brain and brawn to be successful over these 10 years, for all of his crazy faults. Which is why he is so useful for Islamic (or shall we say Neo-Ottoman) project. He somewhat reminds me of the man he probably hates - Ataturk, who was a nationalist dictator but extremely pragmatic type. Ataturk never moved into extreme fascism , although he could have, and thus Turkey survived.

Morsi i however s as dour as they get, together with all bunch of morshids at the helm of Ikhwan. Morsi reminds me of babbling Gorbachev, when he lost control of Soviet Union. All pretty dour and boring bunch. No wonder they lost.

Gul's caution is part of his personal character as a soft spoken compromiser politician he could probably rule in consensus but he could never be able to control all these varios Islamist faction and AKP could split without Erdogan. That is why Gulenists are still with him, although he is clearly getting on their nerves. But if arrogance eventually take him down, they may refuse to go down with him to continue their Ottoman Project, which is bigger than the man himself. So far he never followed on many of his angry outbursts with firm actions, although he can (there is no coup making army anymore). It looks like pragmatist and ideologue are still playing battles inside of him. Lets see if he bans credit cards :)

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