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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu lives the difficult life of fiction heroes.
Sunni Islamist! And subservient to the emerging Turkish empire… Thus would reply your Turkish Islamist, so cheerfully, like a child being asked which chocolate, toy, game and cartoon film he would like.
They really looked like the main characters depicted in the two-volume canonical Spanish novel from the early 17th century which centers on the protagonist’s distortion of perception and the wavering of their mental faculties. Perhaps they still do.
“True,” this column admitted as early as eight years ago, “There are probably a million very good reasons why the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) cannot ally in a ‘grand coalition’ after July 22 (2007 parliamentary elections.”
For the opponents of the (somehow) ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), (somehow) Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s post-election speech must have been a relief
About four months ago, Robert Ellis, a prominent commentator on Turkish affairs, opened his op-ed with a forceful reminder: “The gripping drama ‘Der Untergang’ (Downfall), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s film from 2004, deals with the last days of the Third Reich in Adolf Hitler’s Berlin bunker.
Borrowing Winston Churchill’s famous line about Russia, Turkey, under a suffocating Islamist rule, is no longer quite “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” In many ways, the Turkish political behavior is relatively as predictable as it was two decades ago
As opposed to Graham Greene’s 1955 novella “Loser Takes All,” in Turkey, six decades later, it appears that the “winner loses all.”
It was one of the days of euphoria that Turkey’s Islamists were in a frenzy to claim new absurdities dancing around the theme “Muslims discovered…” that this column’s headline was “Muslims discovered Mercedes!” (Dec. 17, 2014).
“He [the madman] … explained the extremity of his actions as president … as necessary to achieve ‘subjective immunity’ against foreign plots and influences
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