Ready to reinstate the death penalty Erdogan has stated:“Today, is there no capital punishment in America? In Russia? In China? In countries around the world? Only in European Union countries is there no capital punishment.”
Well, at least with China the Turkish president has picked a model that would appear to complement his megalomaniac aspirations and there the list of capital offences is endless and includes selling counterfeit medicine, embezzlement, cowardice, separatism and escaping from prison. “Separatism” and let that be a warning to those who even dare to formulate their aspirations for a Kurdish state in the public domain.
However, our “Boss from the Bosphorus” isn’t content to leave it there and he adds that Turkey has “…… been knocking on the EU door for the past 53 years. They have made us wait for 53 years. Many countries who came after us are already in.” Now, here the maths are required and 53 years would take us back to 1963 and, apart from there only being a European Economic Community then that consisted of France,West Germany, Italy, and the BeNeLux states, after the military coup in Turkey in 1961 the military continued to dominate until October 1965.
Then, of course, there was that other boss from the Bosphorus, Suleyman Demirel until another military coup in 1971 ousted him. Still Suleyman was just about as single-minded and as obstinate as the present clone in Ankara and it was a stubbornness and ignorance that led to the next military coup in 1980.
Still, no point in sweeping through Turkey’s history like this.The fact is the European Union, unlike China, Russia, and the United States ….. oh and while we are at it Saudi Arabia, and the other Gulf States, Sudan, and a number of other African countries, and quite a few others …. does not have the death penalty ….. and Turkey?
It was abolished there in 2004 , or, according to Erdogan some 41 years after Turkey started knocking on Europe’s door. Well, the evidence would appear to suggest that the knocking was never very sincere, the European Union at this point is not important to Ankara, and the knocking, for the time being at least, has stopped.