Turkey on Friday detained dozens of academics suspected of backing Fethullah Gulen, the alleged mastermind of last month’s failed coup, while pressing ahead with raids on businesses linked to the US-based Muslim preacher.
Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 84 academics nationwide, the private Dogan news agency reported, while the state-run Anadolu agency said Istanbul authorities were separately hunting 62 academics from the city’s main university…
A total of 74 scholars had been detained so far in both operations, media said.
A large majority of the suspects in the nationwide raids were from Selcuk University in Konya, central Anatolia — a conservative bastion of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) — including the university’s former rector, Professor Hakki Gokbel.
To the alarm of its Western partners, Turkey has pressed ahead with a vast crackdown on alleged coup plotters in the wake of July 15 military action seeking to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said this week that more than 40,000 state employees had been detained in the purge, with more than 20,000 remanded in custody.
More than 5,000 civil servants have been dismissed and almost 80,000 others suspended, he added.
It just goes on and on and on.
I find that phrase “to the alarm of its Western partners” interesting. Yes, this is all very “alarming,” but it should not be the least bit surprising. And “alarm” is an emotional reaction: so, what are you going to do about it, Western partners?
Zip. Zilch. That’s my prediction, anyway. Remember, also, that Turkey is part of NATO and has been since 1952, before Islamists such as Erdogan gained control of the country.
I’m not sure how a nation gets kicked out of NATO (or whether the NATO nations would even want to do that to Turkey), but there are certainly criteria a nation is supposed to fulfill in order to join. Among them, countries are required to:
…[have] stable democratic systems, pursue the peaceful settlement of territorial and ethnic disputes, have good relations with their neighbors, show commitment to the rule of law and human rights, establish democratic and civilian control of their armed forces, and have a market economy.
Commitment to the rule of law and human rights? I doubt that Turkey was ever big on that score, but what’s been happening since the attempted coup is egregious. And of course, the way that Erdogan became “democratically elected” was also not cricket, although most people (and the MSM) seem to ignore all of that.