Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Islamist branch of Ergenekon?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Would you believe that militant Kemalism can be reconciled with radical Islamism? If you say no, then think again. And read the monthy Milli Çözüm

Mustafa AKYOL

The investigation into the shadowy group called Ergenekon has been perceived in the foreign press as yet another round in the war between Turkey's “Islamists” and “secularists.” After the arrest of 24 alleged Ergenekonists, including two retired top generals, a headline simply read, “Islamist government cracking down on secularists.” If you know nothing about Turkey, what you would infer from that sentence could be that a Taliban-like administration is attacking lighthearted liberals.

But that is not the case at all. The common ideology of the Ergenekon folks is apparently a very fierce nationalism that borders on fascism. What has driven them mad is that the “Islamist” yet EU-friendly AKP (Justice and Development Party) government has implemented reforms which they see as “treason.” Their main focus seems to be “saving Cyprus from the Greek yoke,” and keeping Turkey as militarist as possible. The secularism they aspire to is a one that goes hand-in-hand with this militant nationalism.

and this....

The real gem is the content of Milli Çözüm. It is a very curious blend of anti-Western radical Islamism and Kemalist militarism. The cover of its current July issue presents a must-see cartoon: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a donkey and the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is riding him. There is also a quote from Olmert, who is called "the arch-terrorist of Zionist Israel". "I am thankful to Erdoğan,” Olmert reportedly said, “He helps me a lot."

Continue reading herrreee...

And Ergenekon indictment accepted.

Enjoy the weekend...

Day Opening - July 26

"CityLights500" by Cao Yong.