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-Turkey Continues Islamist Transition

by Dr. D ~ December 5th, 2010

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Since the end of WWI Turkey has been ruled by a secular government supported by an independent military.

The country has been in the midst of a transition for several years and now even the military is under increasing pressure from the pro-Islamist government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.

In October three generals were suspended by the Erdogan government and the Turkish General Staff appealed to the Supreme Military Administrative Court to no avail. Before that, the civilian government never intruded on military affairs and for over 80 years the military made sure that the government of Turkey remained secular and on several occasions even overthrew the civilian authorities.

Now it is all changing and the pro-Islamist government of PM Erdogan is asserting power over the Turkish military and demanding the generals accept Islamic fundamentalists into the military officer corps. Traditionally the General Staff would meet in council this time of the year and dismiss potential radical Islamists from their rolls.

This year for the first time no one was dismissed accept the three generals in October as the government of Erdogan is taking over and forcing the military to accept fundamentalist Islamists among their number for the first time.

The transition of Turkey from a Europe leaning Western ally towards an Islamist nation with strong ties with Iran and Syria is nearly complete. The implications for a new rising Islamist power in the Middle East are unsettling.

Worse yet the Western nations including the USA do not seem to recognize the dangers posed by a rising new axis of Islamist power: Turkey, Syria, and Iran along with their puppet groups –Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Previous articles on this subject:

-Turkish Government Breaks Precedent Intervening in Military Affairs 

-Congress Asks Obama to Challenge Turkey over New Ties with Iran and Hamas 

-Is Turkey Becoming NATO’s Trojan Horse? 

-Turkey, Syria, and Iran: A New Islamist Axis Rises Up Against Israel 

-The Signing of FTA with Jordan Continues Turkey’s Middle East Realignment 

-Will Turkey Lead a Revived Islamic Empire? 

-Turkey-Syria-Iran: A Rising New Axis of Islamic Power

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