When You Strike At The King…

The coup in Turkey has failed. Naturally, Mr. Erdogan is consolidating his power, and is rounding up his enemies. The fog is still thick, though.

Was it a false-flag job? Erdogan is blaming the exiled dawa jihadist Fethullah Gülen — who, from his compound in Pennsylvania, leads a large and subversive faction in Turkey. Some reports have suggested that the coup was attempted in haste because word had leaked out of an impending purge of Gülenists in the military.

Who knows? Not me. Both stories seem plausible. If I were Erdogan, and wanted to make a truly effective purge, I’d want to get public sympathy on my side, and what better way to do so than to fake a coup first, and blame it on Gülen? But the other account — that leaders of a Gülenist faction in the Turkish military got wind of a coming purge, and figured that a coup, however ill-prepared, was a better chance than waiting for the axe to fall — makes sense too.

Learn more about Mr. Gülen here.

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  1. Whitewall says

    Erdogan calls on US to extradite preacher Gulen in Istanbul speech.

    French Interior Minister calls “all patriotic citizens” to become reservists after terror attack in Nice. Sounds quite manly. Militias maybe?

    Posted July 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Permalink
  2. voting will continue until morale improves says

    Turkish Attempted Coup Backgrounders: Who Is Imam Gulen and Why Is He America’s Largest Charter School Operator?

    steve sailer has written about this gulen character scaming the american tax payers for years. send him back to erdogan for further processing.

    Posted July 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  3. Wilbur Hassenfus says


    He probably wants “patriotic” “French” Muslims to tool up. To fight terrorism lol. And he probably believes it. Nobody in power in the West wants any genuinely patriotic natives joining any militias or the military proper. Actual patriotism means a rope around their necks.

    Posted July 16, 2016 at 10:23 pm | Permalink
  4. Whitewall says

    Wilbur and Voting, it makes one wonder whether the West’s first enemies are Leftists or Islamists? Either way, this coup ended badly with strongman Erdogan even more powerful and the “democratic” population more obedient. I think this Gulen character is a distraction to leverage Obama into an even weaker position.

    Posted July 17, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink