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Reader comment on item: Why I Rooted for the Turkish Coup Attempt

Submitted by Dave (United States), Jul 19, 2016 at 20:26

When Obama, Kerry et al. talk about opposing the coup because they support the democratically elected government of Turkey, one might wonder if they understand what democracy is. Even when the electoral fraud factor is excluded, Erdogan's autocratic abuses are more than enough to disqualify Turkey from being considered a credible democracy.

Aa any competent high school student can attest, democracy involves much more than just an election; said student should be able to rattle off a few lines from the Bill of Rights, including the part about certain rights being "inalienable", not by any majority.

It's terrible, but true, that a military coup could actually lead Turkey closer to democracy by crushing the greater tyranny of an elected Islamist regime.


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