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Once Again - Hostility Towards Democracy - Turkish Style

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Nov 3, 2015 at 12:21

Once again, democracy shows its inability to fend off enemy and evil intentions; for it is demonstrated that a people which cannot defend its liberties and freedoms from an hostile government are not a free people. Americans should be wary as well; for democracy neither protects rights nor protects itself when the form of government is twisted to suit the powers that be.

Turkey is involved in its redefinition away from that which was started in the 1920's, following the processes of returning to an Islamic findamentalist based society, beneficial to the current AKP political schemes that adapt very well under the Islamist auspices that Erdogan uses for his own purposes. As close as he is to Syria and the elusive secular manipulative control over Islamist sensibilites al-Assad has lost there, Erdogan needs the deception that his party is in control.

But democratic he is not, as most know; that if the 'democratic' needs of his constituency (term loosely applied here) were to be exposed for the lack of substance it has generated, Turkey might very well be drawn into the Syrian morass and be compelled to engage in a colossal intersect of the sectarian infighting that is consuming the region is a way that even the Russians will not be able to stop.

It would seem that democracy only works when compliance is voluntary; and in Islamic terms of involuntary submittal to a cause, that would not be a formula consistent with freedom in a democratic society.

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