Erdogan eliminates the (secular) opposition in the military

Erdogan’s Islamic gangster gov’t doesn’t like competition. Wouldn’t surprise me if these generals have to make a run for it, soon:

Chief of General Staff General Işık KoÅŸaner stepped down on Friday along with the commanders of the army, navy and air force in protest at the detention of 250 officers on charges of conspiring against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan’s government.

More than 40 serving generals, almost a tenth of Turkey’s senior commanders, are now under arrest, accused of various plots to bring down ErdoÄŸan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.   (The ruling gangsters deny that there is a crisis….)

Turkey seeing the end of ‘muscular secularism’?

Posted on July 30, 2011 by Eeyore/Vlad Tepes

Here is a screen cap of a machine translation from a German article here (from Der Spiegel). If anyone speaks German, it is probably well worth reading this in the original, doubly so as the immediate consequences to Germany are likely more severe than to most other nations.

The full machine translation in English is here. It does seem a great deal that Turkey’s flirtation with secular and liberal democracy, even if forced by the military, has come to an end and Erdogan’s much more Islamic minded rule wins out. Many in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who may well take power soon there, are attempting to forge a new Egypt-Iran-Turkey alliance. This would make maps wrinkle for some time. I am working on editing an Al Jazeera video of a Coffee house show where this idea is batted around. Hope to have it done soon.

Here is a good Reuters English article