According to a report from Reuters, 100 Turkish soldiers were arrested in Turkey this week for their alleged ties to Fethullah Gulen who President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accuses of orchestrating a coup in 2016 that failed and left 70 people dead on the streets of Turkey. Since the failed coup President Erdogan has run an intelligence dragnet throughout the country weeding out any dissident that shows any inkling of having connections to Fethullah Gulen.
Three years after the failed coup attempt in Turkey, Erdogan is still arresting people who have any contact with Fethullah Gulen. There are 77,000 still locked up in Turkish prisons following the post-coup purge. Erdogan shut down over 200 media organizations in television, print, and online, the Turkish government detained 143 journalists and media professionals. 58 generals and 629 senior officers were convicted and sentenced to life for their alleged involvement in the 2016 coup.
Ten Turkish Parliament Members, including Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag who co-chaired the Kurdish Political Party, were both imprisoned on ramped up terror charges for their imaginary links to Kurdish Militants. Enis Berberoglu a Republican People’s Party Parliament Member from the opposition party in Turkey is in jail for charges of espionage when he leaked images to the media of Turkey’s intelligence agency MIT trucking weapons into Syria.
This recent move by Turkey proves that they are still actively purging dissidents, as well as the arrest of 100 Turkish soldiers this week for pay phone calls they were allegedly using to communicate with Fethullah Gulen. President Erdogan’s paranoia of a Muslim cleric in the United States is no excuse for imprisoning 77,000 people; it makes Erdogan look like a scared, schizophrenic weak-minded lion swatting aimlessly at enemies that don’t exist. Erdogan is nothing less than a cowardly tyrant hypnotized by daydreams of the old Ottoman Empire and unobtainable promises made by his Western puppeteers.
Turkey is a member of NATO and an ‘ally’ of the United States — where are the talking heads on Legacy Media? Where are the hyperbolic comments that Erdogan is a dictator? Why hasn’t Christiane Amanpour asked Tayyip Erdogan if he’s ready for ‘regime change’ as she did with Assad in the 2012 primetime interview on CNN?
The United States will always prop up dictators they can control and overthrow dictators they can’t control.