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Thursday, July 21, 2016

today they said

Brian Hayes: (An Irish Member of the European Parliament writing in the bankrupt Irish Independent newspaper) "Europe is breathing a sigh of relief that democracy in Turkey has triumphed over the attempted coup by the army."

James Healy: "Turkey is not a democracy. The process under which President Recip Tayyip Erdogan was appointed bears only romantic similarities to what we call democracy. There was a vote of course. But the Muslim Brotherhood all across Turkey had intimidated or murdered other candidates to prevent them competing. In many Turkish constituencies, people were effectively choosing from among candidates whom Eerdogan and his Islamist backers had allowed to run. As for the sigh of relief Brian Hayes breathes at the defeat of the coup... According to the leftist Euronews channel (no friends of mine) Erdogan has been lynching army members this week in the streets. Soliders have been beaten, stripped naked and paraded for the cameras. Erdogan's authorities admit to detaining 6000 members of the army. Several thousand Judges have been dismissed from office. An estimated 30,000 teachers and teaching staff have been fired. Teachers? Yes that's right. The real enemy of Islamists. Teachers. Erdogan is using the coup as an excuse to destroy those sections of Turkish society which he cannot control otherwise. Turkish democracy is dying before our eyes."


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