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Erdoganís calamitous authoritarianism : Comments

By Alon Ben-Meir, published 26/10/2020

Turkey's President Erdogan is becoming ever more dangerous as he continues to ravage his own country and destabilize scores of states in the Middle East, the Balkans, and North Africa, while cozying up to the West's foremost adversaries.

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This individual and his entourage needs to be removed with extreme prejudice. And given we know and are able to confirm his exact whereabouts? Send a radar avoiding cruise missile, through his bedroom window while he is asleep?

Or we can wait while this monster, who makes Sadam Hussien look positively benign, must be removed before he, gets the world engaged in a world war?

Had we a leader pre-1938, with the balls to eliminate Herr Hitler then, we might have avoided WW11? And all the massive loss of precious life? And the huge calamitous destruction of property!

Plus the wasted expended treasure?
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Monday, 26 October 2020 10:45:16 AM
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Why the appeal to Europe. Despite its many faults, Turkey is still a democracy. By far the best way to get rid of Erdogan is for the Turkish people to vote him out.

In the past this may have seemed an impossible dream. But his economic mismanagement is plain for everyone to see, and it looks like it's going to get worse.
Is there a good reason why you think it won't sink him?
Posted by Aidan, Monday, 26 October 2020 7:23:44 PM
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Erdogan in fact fears Europe or the EU for what they can do economically to Turkey, and he fears young Turkish people too; the latter kicked off the Gezi Park or Taksim riots which apparently spooked the hell out of Erdogan, leading to more authoritarianism and looking for scapegoats (e.g. Gulen, one of the biggest political PR coups ever whereby the consipracy is now accpeted, based upon hearsay, plus of course the Kurdish too).

For now Erdogan has the media, MPs, bureaucracy, Sunni Islam (ex. Gulen sects), the military and most importantly, the above median age vote in regions with gerry mandering and/or voting fraud apparent, for support.

Turkey is analagous with many other nations including in the EU, US and to some extent Australia where nationalism, religion, ethnicity and observant ageing electorates, being catered to, produce conservative MPs..... like the GOP in the US with Supreme and State Courts, Erdogan (via the AKP) is endeavouring to cement power outside of electoral politics, having no doubt split his own constituency for the sake of a conspiracy, the Sunni vote. How smart is that?
Posted by Andras Smith, Monday, 26 October 2020 9:16:26 PM
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The most interest that Joe Biden will take in Turkey will be at Thanksgiving .
Posted by Aspley, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 3:19:25 PM
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