There is no need to have another coup plan unveiled, but Taraf daily insists on the new coup plan… some military officials might have planned these bloody plans.. in fact, most tactics were already employed in the 12 September 1980 coup… A roundup on Turkish politics follows…
In the midst of increased accusations of civilian fascism leveled against the political authority, the Taraf daily?s disclosure of another plot yesterday — said to be the bloodiest coup plan in Turkish history — has revealed how old coup scenarios are being put into service.
The fierce anti-government segment, which is a curious mixture of elitist academicians, pundits, ultra-nationalist propagandists, militarists, authoritarianist center-leftists and ultra-secular neo-republicans, etc., is busy trying to conceptualize the political era Turkey is in.
Following a long period during which the government failed to focus on drafting a new constitution, the ruling Justice and Development Party?s (AK Party) plans to make changes to the Constitution a part of the country?s EU accession have once again come to the agenda with a recent move by the party to reduce the waiting time before holding a referendum on constitutional amendments from the current 120 days to 45.
Ever since Turkey embarked on what can probably be referred to as its most far-reaching period of modernization yet — which, figuratively speaking, began to seriously blossom early in the new millennium onwards — significant improvements have been made with regards to Turkey?s body of law, economy and civil society.
A country?s foreign policy varies according to the balance of power and national interests, but the major factors that determine foreign policy also include regime changes and the political pressure of the country?s general public.
Let me remind you of my old thesis: Unlike those who would call the post-coup periods ?extraordinary periods,? the first of which we encountered in 1960 (May 27), I believe that our country is continuously ?under tutelage,,? but I characterize some brief oasis-like periods as ?exceptions.?
The most popular debate these days is an argument advanced by opponents of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), who claim that Turkey is moving toward ?civilian fascism? or ?authoritarianism? under the AK Party government, which has been a single-party government since 2002.
People inside the government are saying: ?The Kurdish Communities Union [KCK] operation that was planned and launched before the democratic initiative, in other words last summer, was postponed after the government pressed the button for the initiative.
All signs and indicators and the effervescing debates of the last week are rife with suggestions that the military?s tutelary system has ended. Turkey is experiencing the withdrawal of the military tutelary system, accompanied sometimes by big controversies and sometimes by dead silence. This process is visible in all areas, including the economy, politics, the judiciary and the debates going on in the media.
Are the latest outcries, based on claims such as ?A civilian coup is imminent!? ?Civilian tutelage in under way!? ?Civilian fascism is knocking on the door!? signs of utmost despair? What are they telling us, in essence?
The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), already well known for organizing cool-headed and all-inclusive conferences on controversial issues, decided this time to exhaustively discuss the relations between Turkey and northern Iraq, aka Iraqi Kurdistan.
Sertaç Bucak, who is preparing to launch a new civilian initiative to support the Kurdish democratic movement, has said that the government should make its roadmap clearer to solve the Kurdish problem and immediately implement it.
There is a Turkish proverb that says one who falls into water will attempt to clutch a snake so as not to sink and drown. The English proverb, which may be more familiar to some readers, has the drowning man clutching at a straw. Either could describe what we are seeing in Turkey as those who oppose democratization and changes to the status quo thrash about noisily in the water while sinking beneath the waves.
Since the last days of 2009, Turkey has been discussing whether the country is heading toward ?civilian fascism,? a ?civilian coup? or ?civilian authoritarianism,? under the single-party rule of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
As some circles continue to argue that Turkey is on its way to becoming a country controlled by civilian fascism under the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), others warn them to be careful of their discourse because of the potential risk it harbors in inviting a military coup.
None of the aspects of the allegations that Turkey is becoming a single-party dictatorship can be taken seriously. In fact, it is nearly impossible that a thesis this disconnected, this at odds with the true events at hand could be influential, find supporters or even manage to confuse people.
Professor Özer Sencar, head of the Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center, has said social polarization, which has manifested itself in such dichotomies as right and left or secular and anti-secular, is changing its axis.
The mayor of Diyarbakır, Osman Baydemir, makes a public call along the lines of, ?Come, let?s work together to disarm the [Kurdistan Workers? Party] PKK.? As he sees it, the only way to get the PKK to give up its arms is by ?either directly or indirectly convincing the PKK? to do so.