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Was it truly a ssecular coup?

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

Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Jul 25, 2016 at 11:20

I'd appreciate an answer to this question which has bugged me about the attempted coup in Turkey. Consider it curious student to trusted teacher.

Could it be that this was not a secularist military attempting a coup, but officers impatient with the pace of re-militarization? This question crossed my mind when I heard that Erdogan blamed Gulen and his followers.

After all, earlier in his tenure, Erdogan purged the Turkish military--an event which was recorded on this site. Certainly somebody had to replace the senior Kemalist officers who were purged; and my own guess is that those somebodies, like Fethullah Gulen, were Erdogan's fellow Islamicists. This is why I entertain the possibility that this attempted coup could possibly be a split in Islamicist ranks,


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Daniel Pipes replies:

It could be many things, as this chart suggests: https://twitter.com/DanielPipes/status/758008759994245120

I don't know what to make of the coup attempt yet. .

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