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Turkey Cracks Down On Anti-Muslim Plot

From those tireless defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Weapons, hand-grenades and plastic explosives materials, bottom, dug up from a hidden cache during an investigation into an alleged coup plot, are displayed at the local police headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009.

Turkey coup plot arrests now at more than 100

Selcan Hacaoglu, Associated Press Writer

ANKARA, Turkey – A Turkish court formally arrested 12 more people Sunday for ties to an alleged secularist plot by ultranationalists to bring down the Islamic-rooted government, bringing the total of people implicated in the case to more than 100…

Over the weekend, an Istanbul anti-terror court formally arrested and jailed 16 coup plot suspects, including a former police chief and four active duty military officers. Twelve of the 16 were arrested Sunday.

Police detained another 33 suspects in the case Sunday and displayed confiscated weapons. Prosecutors say the plot aimed to destabilize Turkey through a series of attacks and trigger a coup in 2009.

There are already 86 suspects on trial in the case and they include a top author, a political party leader, journalists, a former university dean and a lawyer along with 16 retired military officers. All were outspoken opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan’s party — which narrowly escaped a ban last year for allegedly undermining the country’s secular principles — says it is trying to strengthen democracy to steer the country toward EU membership even as allegations mount from the secular opposition that the government is using its power to silence critics

Turkey’s military, an instigator of coups in past decades, has warned that secular ideals are in peril, though an armed intervention seems unlikely for now…

The coup plot case underlines a widening divide between the country’s growing Islamic class and secularists…

This probably won’t make the headlines in most places. But it is troubling news.

It indicates that the Islamists now have the real power in Turkey, and that they are willing to use it against their secular opponents.

If Turkey goes down the road of Muslim extremism, then we are in for some real long term problems in the Middle East — and Europe.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, January 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Turkey Cracks Down On Anti-Muslim Plot”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’ve never been able to swallow the notion that Islamic jihadists have been able to wreak so much havoc. They surely are cut outs and proxies for a larger war. And I don’t mean just Iran, or the Saudis. This article reinforces my opinion. This year in Turkey when the annual celebration of Sufi saint Qualandar came round, it was attended by 300,000 people. Contrast this to 200 people attending a Taliban beheading in the same region. 200 v 300,000.

    I’m not saying it isn’t possible for 200 people to overthrow the will of 300,000 (see Lenin, et al) but for the disparity that these numbers represent has to indicate that far more powerful forces are at work.

    I’m reminded of Longshanks offering Scottish ‘lords’ lands and titles if they would throw the war for independence, meaning the real problem is never the 200 but who among the 300,000 can be bought off. Just as I’m reminded of Huey Long’s famous gauntlet – them what comes in with me now, get a big piece of pie. Them what throws in with me later get pie. Them what don’t throw in with me will get good government. Meaning, it’s better to be Red than dead.

    So, let’s say 200 of Sweetness and Light readers get together and decide to overthrow the government. How far do you think we’d get?

    Right.

    So how is it that such small numbers of knuckle-draggers pose such a threat?

    There can’t be any answer other than they serve larger interests at work behind the scenes.

    • proreason says:

      I don’t buy the religious motive as the whole answer behind the Islamic madness either. Even though it is an extremely nutty religion, it’s hard to imagine that hundreds of thousands or millions of Muslims wake up every day thirsting for jihad.

      Religion, I think, is the lighter fluid, but somewhere, there has to be an arsonist.

      I also think that religion is not the underlying motivation it’s given credit for. Envy is the real emotion that stirs the people up….just like envy is the tool used in the U.S. by socialists/aristocrats to sieze control of this country.

  2. Helena says:

    I love how the “plotters” – in reality secularists, who are trying to uphold the separation of church and state stipulated in Turkey’s constitution (which is responsible for Turkey’s modernization and openness, in comparison with the rest of the muslim world) are characterized as “ultranationalist” by the author of this article: undoubtedly a pro-islamic govt. Turk who works for the AP. Does the PM’s wife still wear a burka?


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