jdreyer wrote on Jul 19, 2016, 04:33:
Look, I have no love of Erdogan, but comparing him to Hitler is not useful. Although Turkey has one of the more formidable militaries in the world, they're not going to start steamrolling their neighbors or start programs of ethnic cleansing.
And while he is hated by vast swaths of the Turkish population, even the opposition turned out in support of Erdogan and against the coup.
As for arresting 20,000, that could be as simple as "Group A opposed us, so arrest them all. Same for groups B, D, and E." In a country of 75M, 20K is not very many.
Tell that to the Kurds. I'm no expert on Turkish politics but apparently that support of Ed was because the main players in the coup were an even worse alternative. So backing Ed was choosing the lesser of two evils.
Yeah, and those mass arrests are just dragnetting and people ratting out one another as quick as possible to save their own bacon.
I find it far more comical that clowns like Kerry and Obama are telling Turkey and their own citizens to respect the rule of law while doing nothing to reign in decades of out of control policing that's led to this point. Whenever I see the US gov't preaching to others about the rule of law I roll my eyes because it's a bad punchline.
"I didn't know you had it in you. Sorry, poor choice of words." - David