After the smoke cleared, It appears, one coup leads to another. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may or may not have been the victim of a coup by a small minority of military leadership this past Friday. The biggest elephant in the room being, had Erdogan been the target he would have been taken out easily.
However, as Michael Snyder of End Of The American Dream writes ”If you are going to conduct a military coup, the very first thing that should be on your list is to decapitate the current leadership structure. But even though hundreds were killed and approximately 1,400 people were injured during the short-lived conflict, not a single high ranking official was killed or captured.” And Reuters reported ”At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.”
The “coup” had begun on Friday July 15th. Erdogan was on holiday on the coast. Meanwhile, a war zone unfolded in Istanbul and Ankara. That night soldiers ordered state television to read a statement declaring that the military had seized control. The Telegraph reported the military stated ”it had seized control ”to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated”.
The Washington Times wrote ”One Turkish opposition politician estimates that Turkey has paid $800 million to ISIS for oil shipments. Another politician released information about active duty Turkish soldiers training ISIS members. Critics note that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has met three times with someone, Yasin al-Qadi, who has close ties to ISIS and has funded it.”
Essentially, Turkey, a majority Sunni Muslim country, but still a secular country home to Turks, Jews, Greeks and Arabs is transforming into an ISIS stronghold under the newfound popularity future dictator President Erdogan gained after his “coup”.