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7. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 19, 2016, 08:32 VaranDragon
 
A lot of people talking about shit going down in Turkey, but how many of you have actually been in Turkey? Fact of the matter is that Erdogan is hugely popular in Turkey, except with a part of the elites, which is why the coup was attempted in the first place and why it was doomed to failure.

I wouldnt be surprised if the US and EU had something to do with it too. They dislike a muslim populist in power, they've been meddling in the Middle East for more than a century (*hint* Iran *hint*), and just look at the recent history of what happened to popular leaders in the region. Qaddafi, Morsi, etc...

The EU is particularly concerned with Turkey's relationship with Syria and its important strategic position as a bastion to thwart refugee movement towards Europe. A secular military dictatorship (that belongs to NATO) is a much safer alternative to a muslim populist president who draws his support not from the elites, but from broad national support.

I don't doubt that a lot of the people arrested are part of the moderate opposition in Turkey, but what exactly did you expect Erdogan to do? It's politics, and a good politician covers his bases when he can, while he can. Also calling Erdogan a second Hitler is really stretching it, even with the Kurd issue taken in consideration.

This comment was edited on Jul 19, 2016, 09:04.
 
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