If they’re guilty, it’s too bad that they didn’t succeed, because there is nothing presently to stop the Islamic fundamentalist government, and the EU political elite are cheering KGS
ROME – Tensions are high in Turkey, after the arrest yesterday of 49 soldiers, including retired and serving senior officers, accused of a plot to overthrow the Government between 2002 and 2003, during the period following the election of the radical Islamic Justice and Development party (AKP) led by Premier Erdogan. According to private TV channel NTV, sources from the Turkish armed forces called the arrest of the soldiers ”an extremely serious situation”.
Newspapers today used alarmed tones to report the event, describing it as ”shocking”, ”unprecedented”, and ”extraordinary”. Both secular and pro-Government commentators are questioning the meaning of the most serious offensive so far by the Erdogan Government against the military establishment, which has represented the indisputable bastion of the secular nature of the country since 1923, when modern Turkey was founded, against a shift towards Islam which was feared by the founding father of the country Kemal Ataturk.
This latest episode, as many will ready it, is another example of the long-standing contest between the AKP on one hand and the armed forces and the secular judiciary on the other to ”blunt” their respective power and prerogatives.