Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (C), Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug (R) meet at the Presidential Palace in Ankara February 25, 2010. Turkey’s political and military leaders meet on Thursday as a storm gathers over a coup plot investigation against the armed forces which is threatening stability and investor confidence in the EU-candidate country. REUTERS/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace Press Office/Handout
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was spurred into action upon the detention of about 50 retired and active duty generals, admirals and military officers of various ranks under the scope of the probe into the Sledgehammer (Balyoz) action plan, which is accepted as being preparatory work for overthrowing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), and the TSK?s commanding generals quickly produced actions and statements that clearly signify pressure on the judiciary.
Lies and whispers
More arrests stoke the battle between the army and the government
Feb 25th 2010 | ISTANBUL | From The Economist print edition
FOR decades Turkey?s meddlesome generals inspired fear and respect. These days they rouse pity and even scorn, as scores of retired and serving officers are arrested and jailed for alleged plots to overthrow the Justice and Development (AK) party, which has ruled the country since 2002.”
On Monday 49 senior military officers were detained on accusations of plotting to topple the country?s Islamist-rooted government in a violent coup. A former deputy chief of the army, a retired air force chief, the chief of the navy and several generals and admirals were among those detained by police in a sweep carried out in eight Turkish cities.
Language often becomes a weapon-like tool instead of what it is supposed to be: an act of educated communication symbolizing a white flag — not in the sense of a verbal surrender but to convey a message of listening before speaking and understanding instead. At the same time language is a triumph of our civilization: I am not suggesting animals do not communicate, but the human race and its ability to speak and write are unique.