Men sit under a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, in central Ankara February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Today the democratic world is facing the serious problem of the ?judicialization of politics.? I don?t mean just the way state elites have been seizing politics via the high judiciary in Turkey.
Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor İlhan Cihaner was arrested yesterday by a court in Erzurum. The decision to prosecute Cihaner came from Erzurum Special Prosecutor Osman Şanal. Mutual accusations between the two prosecutors have already been in the press for some time.
Turkey arrests prosecutor in anti-government plot
More than 200 people, including military officers, lawyers and politicians, have been arrested since the “Ergenekon” case came to light two and a half years
Just as the northwest of Turkey is overwhelmed by floodwaters, so the swirling waters of our public life are littered with the flotsam and jetsam of claims and counterclaims, reports real and fake about public and private matters.
Let us call a spade a spade, or in this case an epaulette an epaulette. The head of the Turkish military threw a controlled tantrum in front of the press the other day, and how did we all react? Of course, there were those who heard the bugle call and rallied to the army?s defense.
The belief that Turkish military coups are different like our other jobs from rest of the world became a popular idea among intellectuals including political scientists, as so far. According to this assumption,