Pindo-Turkish tensions rise after failed coup attempt
Bradley Klapper, AP, Jul 16 2016
LUXEMBOURG — Pindo-Turkish tensions escalated Saturday after a quashed coup in Turkey, as the country’s leader bluntly demanded the extradition of a Pindostan-based cleric he accused of orchestrating the violence. Another senior official directly blamed Pindostan. After strongly supporting Erdogan when it seemed his government might topple and then
opening the door to sending home the cleric (balls – RB), a stung Obama administration fired back at Turkey. According to the State Dept’s readout of their telephone call, Jackass Kerry told his Turkish counterpart:
Public insinuations or claims about any role by Pindostan in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations.
The back-and-forth occurred against the backdrop of Turkey closing its airspace, effectively grounding Pindostan warplanes that had been targeting ISIS in neighboring Syria and Iraq. At the centre of the controversy stood Fethullah Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania. Gulen quickly condemned Friday night’s coup attempt by military officers that resulted in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left dozens dead. Erdogan’s government said Gulen directed the coup all the same. In a televised speech Saturday, Erdogan said Turkey had never rejected a Pindo extradition request for “terrorists.” Addressing Washington, he demanded the handover of Gulen, saying:
If we are strategic partners, then you should bring about our request.
Although he didn’t outline any threat, Erdogan’s emphasis on Pindo-Turkish counter-terrorism cooperation raised the prospect of a prolonged closure of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey if he didn’t get his way. The Pentagon said it was trying to get permission to resume air operations from the base, while adjusting mission operations in the meantime. Suleyman Soylu, Turkey’s labor minister, went further than Erdogan, suggesting that Pindostan was behind the coup. In their second call in as many days, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavosoglu told Jackass the government was in control of state institutions. Earlier, on a visit to Luxembourg, Jackass told reporters that Pindostan would entertain an extradition request for Gulen if the Turks provided evidence of wrongdoing. Erdogan has long accused Gulen of trying to overthrow the government, but Washington has never found the claims compelling. Jackass told reporters:
We fully anticipate that there will be questions raised about Mr Gulen, and obviously we would invite the government of Turkey as we always do, to present us with any legitimate evidence that withstands scrutiny, and Pindostan will accept that and look at it and make judgments about it appropriately.
Gulen is understood to maintain significant support among some members of the military and mid-level bureaucrats. A Turkish boxtop said Turkey was preparing a formal extradition request with detailed information about Gulen’s involvement in illegal activities. He said the coup attempt was seen as “one more thing to add to an already extensive list.” At a news briefing Saturday in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, the frail-looking cleric said through an interpreter:
I have been away from Turkey for more than 15 years and I would not have returned if the coup had succeeded. I enjoy greater freedoms in Pindostan. In brief, I don’t even know who my followers are. I can imagine many motivations of people who staged this coup.
The coup failed after appearing not to have been backed by the most senior ranks of the military. Turkey’s main opposition parties condemned the attempted overthrow of the government. PM Yildirim said 161 people were killed and 1,440 wounded in the overnight violence. He said 2,839 plotters were detained. Jackass said that Pindostan had no indication beforehand of the coup attempt, which began as he and Russia’s foreign minister were in a Russian government villa in Moscow, locked in negotiations over Syria. He said (disingenuously – RB):
If you’re planning a coup, you don’t exactly advertise to your partners in NATO. So it surprised everyone. It does not appear to be a very brilliantly planned or executed event.
El Murid, Jul 17 2016
The number of detainees in Turkey has reached 6,000. It is a natural reaction, but mass arrests are not only in the army, repression actively affects the judiciary. Just in this issue, Erdogan is sure to sweep the supporters of Gulen, whose position after a corruption scandal 13 years in the judiciary were quite serious. There are, of course, the point of view that an unsuccessful rebellion was inspired by Gulen, but frankly this is no more than a need to believe, fervently and regardless. In the rational field, this assumption is very unrealistic. Judging from what is known, the main organizers of the conspiracy were Gen Akin Ozturk and Lt-Gen Metin Iyidil, head of training of land forces (which is why many participants in the rebellion that they were confident in the ongoing exercise) were forced to launch a situational coup. In the near future was to be held Supreme Military Council, on which most of the generals and admirals had to resign. Once this information reached the conspirators, they were forced to start. The contradiction between Erdogan and the army, within the party of justice and development, support of Islamists among the population and their opponents, the repression is not removed, and in the army obviously remain supporters of the coup, and Erdogan simply cannot completely clean the army in actually belligerent countries. In addition, you need to understand what is drawing Turkey into the war gave the military room to maneuver. Decisions about movement troops, disposal of weapons and equipment in combat conditions inevitably goes to grassroots tactical levels, therefore, the independence war and independence from the political leadership increases. In fact, we have our own example: Donbass, which the military, and intelligence agencies act independently, so also lots of decisions are made at the grassroots level, regardless of the wishes of management. In such a situation to root out discontent in military circles almost useless, and to design a fake rebellion for Erdogan is pure suicide. You need to consider that in the party of Erdogan has a serious split, which has resulted in the move and the resignation of Davutoglu. The split is exacerbated by the significant imbalance of executive power, where now the Prime Minister, nominally with a gigantic powers, have to coordinate a lot of issues with the presidential administration. In general, the problems, and each of them can disrupt the situation in unpredictable development. In this case, repression is reflex. Erdogan just have to hit the squares, trying to solve, then at least sweep under the carpet the most acute problems. But in essence, the basic contradictions never resolved, which will inevitably spill new crises. Any despotism in the end, the main occupation becomes trivial to retain power at any cost. Erdogan is firmly moving in this direction, and not in vain, best friend Erdogan is his Russian colleague, having the same difficulties. Small differences like killed the pilot complicate life, but overall the misunderstanding between these two characters is almost none. Hence the desire to forget and forgive.