It was a coup we did, not a French revolution

It was a coup we did, not a French revolution

The statement belongs to prominent historian Professor İlber Ortaylı. “There has been a coup in Turkey. We did not do a French revolution.”

He finished his program on TV the other day with this fabulous sentence. 

What happened was a coup that shot at its own citizens, bombed its own country and destroyed the reputation of the nation and all of us.

This was a disaster that took us back 50 years backwards.

Our army is in shambles, our intelligence service is gone, our police is in a state such that it cannot protect the security headquarters. Don’t even talk about justice.

Everyone has become an informant.

Not everything is in order within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

There is no difference between the guilty and innocent. Our economy is suffering from a slow-motion blow.
We can’t explain the gravity of what we experienced even to our best friends.

Let’s not pretend to have achieved something like a French Revolution.

Instead, let’s ask this question: Where did we go wrong so that we faced this tremendous disaster?

If we can make a healthy and rational analysis of this failure and start restructuring the country all together, then we can earn the right to live the joy of a French Revolution.

Who is next in line among mayors

I had already mentioned Ahmet Takan who is writing for daily Yeniçağ.

He had written that three mayors were being targeted for their implications with the Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ).

One of the names was revealed the other day; the son-in-law of Kadir Topbaş, the mayor of Istanbul, was taken into custody.

I received several calls telling me the names of the two others.

Everyone is in agreement with one of them.

There are two names circulating for the third one.

We will continue to follow Ahmet Takan, who was for a while the press advisor of former President Abdullah Gül.

Smear campaign

I read a news article the other day about a suspected member of FETÖ. It was reported that in the search conducted in his house in Eskişehir, a computer was found.

Guess what they found on the computer.

Porn movies. The person is suspected of being one of the imams of the brotherhood.

I was expecting this kind of news. This is a known pattern. When police investigations get out of hand, expect the introduction of sex content. But we also know that in these types of legal cases, the efforts to humiliate and the smear campaigns are counter-productive.

The first aim should be to fight the hate for Erdoğan

The first way to break the influence of Fethullah Gülen in the world is to struggle with the “Erdoğan hostility” that has become clear both in the East and the West.

The way to do that is to create a strong “democratic homeland” inside to fight the diaspora outside.

That’s why let’s avoid destroying this positive climate that will keep together those who have stayed in the country for the sake of the lust for rhetorical flourishes.

Let’s not forget that Fethullah Gülen has instructed his followers to flee the country to form a diaspora abroad. This diaspora will be formed of a group who has a strong intellectual background. This diaspora has a very strong communication network that it has established via its schools.

That’s why we need to be wiser inside.