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A successful coup would have been better

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

Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Jul 20, 2016 at 23:25

In reading today about the ferocious overreaction of his government, with "tens of thousands" of people, most of whom are mere dissenters from the authoritarian/totalitarian trend of Erdogan's rule, I agree with Dr Pipes' that a successful coup in Turkey would have been preferable.

The fact that Islamists are out in the streets stronger than ever, and that Erdogan has called the
coup attempt "a gift from God (Allah)" only adds weight to that judgment.

It's unclear if there will be any domestic blowback from the harshness and extremism of his crackdown, which may change the minds of some who did not want to see a coup despite their opposition to Erdogan's growing autocracy, One can hope.


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