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Revealing the agenda

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The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are often accused of having a secret agenda. Some people claim that the ruling political clan and the tall, bald, bold, ever-angry tenant of the extravagant palace wanted to transform the country into something different but have so far successfully kept that agenda secret.

Wrong. Neither Erdoğan nor the ruling AKP ever hid their agenda of converting Turkey into a more conservative, Islamic and totalitarian country. Sometimes they might not be able to say it, publicly fearing the reaction from some segments of society, but at every period some members of the group provided hints of what might be coming soon.

Often after certain remarks created a furor in the society, the AKP alienated those members of the party who were ordered to make revelations regarding explosive future plans. Did anyone, for example, remember that AKP deputy who commented to the media back in 2007 that “God willing, not only in........

© Hürriyet Daily News