Picking up the breakfast rolls this morning and copies of sunday’s newspapers are strewn across the counter. “Für Erdogan ist der Putsch ein Geschenk Allahs” (The coup is a gift from God for Erdogan) is the headline in ‘Die Welt’.
“Al-Ḥamdulillāh” and “der Boss vom Bosperus” immediately commences with a purge of his opponents in the military and judiciary.Some 2,800 soldiers have been arrested, more than 2,700 judges have been dismissed, and warrants have been taken out for the arrest of 140 supreme court members. Who will they be replaced by, it might be wondered? And there is evidence to suggest that the coming “Gleichschaltung” will see the death of the Atatürk state in much the same way as the 30th of January,1933 ushered in the end of the Weimar Republic. Of course, the Turkish constitution hasn’t been dissolved, but then never was the Weimar constitution.
That is why, even if who was actually behind the coup might remain speculation for some time to come, Fethullah Gulen saying that there “is a possibility that it could be a staged coup” (by Erdogan’s AKP) is at least worthy of consideration.
After all, think about it; a coup is taking place Erdogan turns up on FaceTime and tells his supporters to get out on the streets and they all get out on the streets, and a day later we have Erdogan removing his opponents in the military and judiciary.