World At War part 5: Tyranny in Turkey

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In this part of the series, we will take a look at the fourth and final angel bound at the river Euphrates, Turkey.

How is Turkey a threat to world peace and what kind of government do they have?

Turkey recently had their elections on June 24th 2018, Recep Tayyip Erdogan leader of the Justice and Development party, also known as the AK Parti continues to run as president following his victory. Erdogan served as Prime Minister from 2003 until 2014 when he became president.

What are Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s intentions and what makes him a despot dictator?

1. To abolish parliament and replace it with an executive presidency to be head of Government and State (one-man rule)
2. To move the Turkish embassy to East Jerusalem in a bid to recognise it as the capital of Palestine
3. Amnesty International: ‘Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world’.
4. To ethnically cleanse the land from the Kurds. He has even threatened to invade Iraq and cut off the oil pipeline after Kurds voted for independence (The Independent 26th September 2017)

Why does Erdogan see the Kurds as a threat?

Erdogan has the same animosity towards the Kurds as Sadam Hussein did before The first Gulf War (click here for more information: World At War part 2: The Iraq conflict)because the Kurds have desired their state of Kurdistan for a long time- Inevitably Turkey and Iraq would decrease in size as they reduce their borders.

Meanwhile, during the conflict in Syria (click here for more information on Syria: The World At War part 3: Crisis in Syria) Erdogan ordered his troops to attack the Kurdish armies who were fighting against ISIS.

Back in 2015, Turkey shot down a Russian jet flying above Turkey’s airspace. Vladimir Putin said ‘It was a stab in the back’. Does that mean Erdogan had to form an alliance with ISIS for added protection against Russia?

It’s a strong possibility, considering Erdogan is a hard-line Islamist who despises the secular state of Turkey and introducing tougher Islamic laws was a major part of his agenda.

The threat of Turkey becoming a fundamental Islamic state is what ultimately led to the most recent military Coup in July 2016 with the aim to overthrow Erdogan. Following the military coup, 130000 state workers were dismissed, many jailed and accused of being ‘terrorists’.

How did Erdogan win the most recent elections?

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Despite the Turkish economy contracting by 1.8% following the failed military coup, it has since grown by 3.2% in 2017 and a further 3.2% in 2018, and it’s only July. For modern dictatorships, it is increasingly common to implement the method of economic blackmail to manipulate the masses.

Erdogan also controls the Turkish media and has been able to produce spin on it regarding ‘strong leadership and economic growth’ undermining the positions of the other candidates running for office.

The European Union is guilty of using strikingly similar scare tactics otherwise known as ‘Project Fear’. But one of the very few reasons I can accredit the EU is because they won’t allow Turkey to join due to a bad human rights record.

On the contrary, when Erdogan came to the United Kingdom on a state visit on 9th May 2018, there was no protest arranged because all the rage was saved for Donald Trump‘s visit. Because in much of the western world now where the mainstream media is concerned, the definition of a dictator has become extremely flawed.

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