Is this coup for real?
I normally hate CT but this is too odd. A poorly organized coup in a very professional military. And the embattled president having a press conference 5 hours after it starts?
We are seeing the death of even a semblance of freedom in Turkey.
And a president for life.
And they succeed because the entire military is behind it.
But the military has been brought to heel and this looks totally staged. I mean it is over in 6 hours?
Turkey is at a bit of a critical point in its history. They've been pushing for European Union membership for a long time, but after Iraq, they've seen a major opportunity to assert their dominance in Southwest Asia and essentially rebuild the Ottoman Empire. The conflict between the secular and Islamist parts of Turkish society has basically been a hallmark of Turkish 20th and 21st century history, but it's really been exacerbated by ISIS and the other Islamic extremism born of the Iraq War.
Who knows, maybe this will end up just being the result of a handful of disaffected members of the Turkish Armed Forces and not much to do with some grand shift in Turkish geopolitical positioning, but it's very difficult to apply Western political terminology and understanding to a very distinct and unique political situation in the world.
I posted the following a few minutes before you:
If that is true, I can see how it wouldn't get very far. Watching it play out on TV and listening to people reporting from Turkey, I think it might well be real. But what do I know?
He flew in yesterday (for a wedding, I think) and is hunkered down at the Hilton. There's real shooting going on. He should know - this is his second.
I don't think it's "staged". I just think the group that's behind it is not who Erdogan says it is.
and it makes sense if only a small part of the military took part. Turkey has had military coups to remove wannabe strongmen in the past and they've always been accomplished quickly and permanently and followed by elections fairly quickly, the military having no interest in the daily running of the country.
The media are alternately claiming that this is being carried out by the secularists and by the Gulenists. Which is it? This is like saying a coup in the U.S. was carried out by the religious right-wing faction of the Green Party.
Does anyone remember the attempted coup of Gorbachev in the waning days of the Soviet Union? The coup plotters barely lasted a couple of days before Gorbachev was returned to power and the big winner was Boris Yelstin who achieved folk hero status during the whole ordeal for standing up against it.