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Erdogan and the global conspiracy against him

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The countdown to Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections has begun. Scheduled for 24 June, they are being held 16 months earlier than required. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised everyone by agreeing to the request by Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli for an early poll. It may well be that the two men based their agreement on this issue on their patriotism and understanding of the magnitude of the threats facing Turkey and the plots against it by the global superpowers, especially the US. Erdogan in particular appears to be a target.

In order for us to understand why conspiracies are being waged against Turkey — which is a NATO member and is supposed to be an ally of the West — we must go back to the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924. It was then that the victors of World War One stripped Turkey of its Islamic identity and imposed on it a limited role beyond which it could not act. The West wanted the former centre of the Caliphate to be an example for secular countries in the region by erasing any trace or evidence of Islam in the public sphere, although Turkey’s population was 95 per cent Sunni Muslim. Kemal Ataturk helped the West in this until his death in 1938, and all of the presidents who succeeded him were from the military and followed the same path; nobody with an Islamist vision was allowed to serve as president of the republic. Thus, when Necmettin Erbakan, the leader of the Welfare Party, became prime minister and carried with him a great idea of regional economic advancement as an alternative to the world order — and declared the establishment of seven Islamic countries as a third pole in the world, like the Bandung Conference — the military staged a soft coup against him, dissolved his party and put him on trial.

The West imposed a siege around Turkey to keep it away from its Muslim milieu in order to prevent any return to its Islamic roots. The pro-Western Turkish army took it upon itself to continue this task by carrying out coups against governments which neglected Ataturk’s secular teachings or displayed some Islamic features.

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This was the case until the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) was established in 2002, from the ashes of the Welfare Party and led by Erdogan with an Islamist vision. Some of Erbakan’s students came to power after electoral victories. They found themselves in power during one of the worst........

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