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20 October 2015


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Perhaps all these Euro-Enlightenists decided that Turkey of the Generals reminded them of Greece of the Colonels? And of the various governments of the Colonels and Generals in Latin America?

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Are you saying that the Kemalist and Secular tradition is deep enough throughout the whole Turkish army that the replacements for the removed-by-Erdogan generals and colonels will all themselves still be Kemalists and/or Secularists in the same tradition as before? If I understand correctly, that would be a hopeful thing to think and to work with.

That is why I have referred in past comments to "Erdogists" in particular rather than to "Turkey" in general, and have expressed the hope that we can retain "just enough" relationship with Turkey through NATO and other channels so that if/when the 60% can reconquer their own country, we will still be in a position to relate decently with it.

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Would the Iraqi Baathist origins of the ISIS explain ISIS's uniquely genocidal and sadistic focus on the Kurds . . . Yazidi and otherwise?


Peace LeaNder, I appreciate your comments and open-mindedness, we all are the wiser the more we interact here.

Just to be clear, to be critical of Israel, or the Zionist paranoiacs within, should not be equated with anti-Semitism. To do so, would be an injustice of biblical proportions.


Sibel Edmonds is credible, I have been following her and her blog for years, she checks out in my book.


He drives his own private car, and is a humble middle class citizen. I hope he watches out for Boston brakes, or immature heart attacks.


I believe the EU PMs meeting last week came up with that proposal for Turkey, but Turkey is so far holding out for more. Regardless, this is ridiculous and shouldn't happen. I like Turks, most are great people and would benefit from being able to travel freely. But Erdogan has purposefully stoked radicalization of the fringe, and the suicide bombings prove that he has succeeded. So how in the world would visa-free travel of Turks work to keep the radicalized elements from entering the EU? I don't see it. Merkel played right into Erdogan's hands when she invited all and sundry to go to Germany, and now the rest of the EU appears to be hellbent to double down on a suicide pact. Retarded is not even close to describing it.


Let's hope the jackals will begin to be driven out on November 1st.



You are a fair minded person. I posit to you that "free thinkers" of yore in Islamicate kingdoms were an anomaly. They were at a disconnect with the irrational and deeply religious world view of the majority of people in their societies. That world view today is rampant and all encompassing in muslim societies. A lot of people in west have a cotton candy view of sufis and mutazla. Sufis alone have done a lot of harm in completely extinguishing any possibility of questioning and inquiring mindset. In south asia they created Sufi feudal class that justified its rule on the basis of their claims to miracle working and mostly fraudulent ancestral lineage from prophet. All the Syeds and Shahs that exist today from Iran to Bangladesh use these titles due to this historic forgery.

In my opinion these "free thinkers" existed because orthodoxy at that time was still in the process of formalizing their framework. The arguments were still fresh on various aspects of Islam so these individuals had space to enjoy some freedom. Well Ibn-Rushd(Averos) did run for his life from a pitch fork crowd that burned down his abode and various works, so even then there was very real possibility of blasphemy mechanism getting activated and causing a backlash.
I doubt if any muslim country including Turkey will tolerate today following statement attributed to Al-Razi about Quran:
“You claim that the evidentiary miracle is present and available, namely, the Koran. You say: 'Whoever denies it, let him produce a similar one.' Indeed, we shall produce a thousand similar, from the works of rhetoricians, eloquent speakers and valiant poets, which are more appropriately phrased and state the issues more succinctly. They convey the meaning better and their rhymed prose is in better meter. … By God what you say astonishes us! You are talking about a work which recounts ancient myths, and which at the same time is full of contradictions and does not contain any useful information or explanation. Then you say: 'Produce something like it'”

Today, the only hope for muslims in fostering rational free thought is to seek refuge in west and do an honest review of their belief system using rational toolkit. I feel greatly indebted to late patricia crone who pretty much single handidly started free inquiry about Islam. The problem is that most muslims in west who despise the intellectual suffocation of their parent societies then openly drink the koolaid of metaphysics for whatever favorite irrational religious view that they have cherry picked from Islam and then ask for special treatment against critique by advocating blasphemy laws. It is truly astounding that very liberal, well read and forward looking muslims advocate application of blasphamy laws to prevent jest and critique directed at their cherished beliefs having fully experienced the consequences of such thought control in their parent societies.


On your point about noble prize winner, Pakistan also produced Abdus Salam ( severely mistreated at home). There is an Iranian lady who won fields medal in math recently. The problem is that none of these three could have gotten anywhere in their parent societies. They don't hold wide audiences. These are all anomalies. These are seeds who find themselves in desert where they have no hope to flourish and be fecund. The only way they can flourish is if some wind will carry them to lands which can accept them and nurture them. Those lands are in western world today.

Do you know the most widely followed Turkish "thinker" today? It is fraudster Yahya Harun with his widely popular crack pot theories on evolutionary biology.

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If all the propaganda outlets and people in the Western World were pre-advised to be ready-to-roll when the 'plausible atrocity' occurred, the Erdogists wouldn't even have to be able to do any downstream publicity. All the gas-attackers would need is their videographers and you-tubers on the ground there to take videogenic atrocity footage and upload it to the Social Media Web. And the organized propaganda apparatus of the entire Western World's governments would be able to take it from there.

Luckily, it all looked just implausible enough that the reality-based sceptics and collectors of genuine evidence had the time and space to make their countercase known.


DH, I think you are talking about a good coup within a closed system, which was a coup in itself as it seized power. Within that system, since there were not any traces of democracy, or any room to set the country back, a coup may not have been a bad thing, but everything needs to be judged in context, no?

"a few of us still remaining thinking dodos in Britain"

Your views here are highly appreciated by me over the years, and as this fine example of self depreciating humor. Please keep remaining and thinking.


Oh yes, different clue, I am saying that. It is deep enough, many ranks back, more than enough to fill in the vacated ranks. And the removed ranks are not dead, they are retired, inactive, but still wield influence, as Ilker Basbug, former general, chief of staff and many other who have become politicians within CHP, Kemalist Party. Which brings me to the phrase you used, "Erdogists", I think you may have meant "Erdoganists", but it still does not sound right, I've never seen it used that way. Maybe "Tayyibists", or "Recepists", but still does not sound good. I like to use "Tayyiban", because of its allusion to Taliban, or hope to start using "Erdogone" soon, or "Tayippie" after he is gone.


Not because the Russians are good guys who are out to do favors for NATO and the allies. The name of the game is force projection and to get the name of your brand out there. Its an old game.


"uniquely genocidal and sadistic focus", haaa, as if there is any shortage of this sentiment in the ME.



"In my opinion these "free thinkers" existed because orthodoxy at that time was still in the process of formalizing their framework."

I am a bit surprised to read this statement by you. But then, I don't recall in what highly interesting discussion I first noticed you... Oh, maybe I do, maybe I even would find it again even. At least I recall the members of the 'commentariat' involved in the exchange.

Do you think you grasp something central about the Sufis, if you can show that at one point in space they weren't better then the authorities they followed? What analogy did you use, accidentally politics, political ideologies? Yes, I too think there is a relation, but not a simple, and easy one.

I do not think that a simple linear progression over the centuries makes sense if we look into people and their lives at the time, if we look beyond the historical numbers, and VIPs in history, or put another way that we can simply judge the life of ordinary people from that perspective.


Kunuri, it was tongue in cheek. The problem is bigger, and for the time being I would prefer not to elaborate.


Farooq, seriously, why should we step into propaganda meme traps and some type of nationalization of noble prize winners? Does it matter what origin an essential other "big shoulder" future scientists can rely on?


To whom it may be of concern, here's some of those articles in Turkish, both stating that the sarin gas went to ISIL (Turkish IŞİD):



Second link shows that this story appears to get picked up by the CHP opposition party, which one may consider the old, secular guard.

Used to spend a while in Turkey several years ago, and wasn't particularly upset with what Tayyip was doing. The dirt he's been pulling - or trying to - in Syria has drastically changed my mind on that, however: From the leaked false-flag plan inside Syria early last year, see here:


to the now open support of the insurgency there there's plenty damning bits to go around. So I join the suggestion made here by someone else that right now would be the time for a cadre of Kemalist officers to oust Tayyip.


Interesting story Ishmael. I got tiny glimpses of it. The Gülen Movement surfaced occasionally over here, while Grey Wolves receded as the dominant story in the years after 2001. Not much on either lately.

On the other hand the political divide (Turkish/Kurdish background)obviously surfaced again. Clashes, attacks on citizen with Kurdish background. There also seems to be a case on trial concerning an informer hired by the Turkish intelligence to target regime opponents. They seem to be very, very well informed according to that guy. Watching demos?

But Dani Rodrik's and Pinar Dogan's research looks interesting, unfortunately their more extensive publication seems not be available in translation:

Doğan P, Rodrik D. Yargı, Cemaat ve Bir Darbe Kurgusunun İç Yüzü. Istanbul: Destek Yayinevi; 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Written jointly with Pinar Dogan, this is an update of our 2010 book (see below) on the infamous Sledgehammer case in Turkey. In addition to the Sledgehammer trial, the book covers the Ergenekon and other court cases that were stage managed by the Gulen network, in cooperation with the Erdogan government. It provides detailed evidence on the framing of innocent victims by police and prosecutors in an evident attempt to politically redesign the country. It also examines the role of the media and intelligentsia in shaping public opinion over the trials.


Thanks for the info. ;)


Interesting news about Turkey's role in the Ghouta incident from MEMRI - the CHP is apparently making it a political issue in Turkey right now:

"At an Istanbul press conference yesterday (October 21, 2015), two MPs from Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Eren Erdem and Ali Seker, claimed that the August 2013 chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, in which hundreds of civilians were killed, was carried out not by the Assad regime but by ISIS, and that the gas used in the attack had been manufactured in Turkey and supplied to this organization with the knowledge of the AKP government. They stated further that the government instructed a Turkish prosecutor to close the file in a probe into this affair ...

Erdem and Seker said that the office of the Chief Prosecutor in Adana had launched an investigation into suspicions that chemical weapons had been supplied from Turkey, via several businessmen, to jihadist organizations that joined ISIS in Syria. The indictment against the suspects also included accusations against the government.

According to the MPs, the prosecutors determined that the suspects had provided the state-owned Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industries Corporation (MKE) with raw materials they brought from abroad, some of which were used by this corporation to manufacture the toxic gas. The Rockets used to fire the capsules containing the toxic gas were also manufactured in Turkey. It was also found that monetary transactions between Saudi Arabia and Turkey had taken place regarding these materials.

Holding up the 190-page file, Erdem said that the prosecutor's office had conducted detailed technical surveillance and wiretaps, and added: "It's all in this file. All the details and audio recordings are here, on how the sarin gas was manufactured in Turkey and delivered to terrorists. Their phone conversations reveal all the details, even their addresses." Erdem said further that a crime against humanity was committed and that those responsible were the AKP government and then-PM Erdogan, who supplied the sarin gas to the ISIS terrorists. He claimed further that AKP government officials instructed Mehmet Arikan, the Adana prosecutor handling the case, to "close the file" and that [then-]Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag also summoned him and demanded to be informed in the future before any such investigation was undertaken against any Islamic organization. "


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