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.