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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Gulen's failed coup
Fethullah Gulen's cult "Hizmet" has been worming its way into governmental positions for decades, and it's partly thanks to them that Sultan Recep has got as far as he has. Now the Sultan has his long knives out.
I don't know to what extent Hizmet was responsible for the botched putsch last month. I do know that that its adherents are prone to paffle like
You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers. You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey.
Of course Hizmet was readying a coup. That is how you do coups: you set up a parallel network of governmental services - you "become worthy" - and when your rivals fail, the people turn to you.
As for what the US should do with the Pennsylvanian Pasha, I am not here to offer advice. I expect Gulen'll be assassinated before America swears in its next President. In the meantime Obama's letting in just the men to do it and at the same time he's demoralising the police. I wouldn't have allowed Gulen here in the first place, so I don't have a stake in his fate.
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