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“Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Erdogan!” (and “Ein Morsi, too”)

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Tayyip Erdo­gan

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: The far-right [3], Nazi-linked Wik­iLeaks [4] is back in the news, with the same coterie of front-run­ners cel­e­brat­ing their actions.

When we last saw Our Heroes, the Wik­iLeaks crowd [5] (Pirate Bay/Pirate Party/Anonymous) were in the process of being uti­lized [6] to fur­ther the covert oper­a­tion [7] pop­u­lar­ly known as “The Arab Spring,” aimed at bring­ing “cor­po­ratism” (as Mus­soli­ni termed his sys­tem) to the Mid­dle East and Mus­lim worlds.

Nev­er ones for learn­ing from expe­ri­ence, the Wik­iLeaks crowd [8] is cel­e­brat­ing the actions [9] of Eddie the Friend­ly Spook [Snow­den]. “Snow­den’s Ride” [10] has all the ear­marks [11] of a U‑2 Inci­dent-style [12] desta­bi­liza­tion of Oba­ma, and beyond that, the U.S. and U.K. [13]

Under the cir­cum­stances, it may prove instruc­tive to revis­it “The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Spring,” as we call it.

A major theme of the so-called “Arab Spring” was the belief that by allow­ing the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood unfet­tered access to the reins of polit­i­cal pow­er, the result­ing regimes would resem­ble the “mod­ern,” “demo­c­ra­t­ic” gov­ern­ment of Tayyip Erdo­gan in Turkey.

(The For The Record series on the “Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Spring” runs from FTR #733 [14] through FTR #739 [15].)

 In FTR #‘s 737 [16], 738 [17], 739 [15], we not­ed that Erdo­gan’s gov­ern­ment was a direct out­growth of the Bank Al-Taqwa com­plex and an exten­sion of the Islam­ic fas­cism of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. In addi­tion, Erdo­gan’s regime has strong links to euro-fas­cists and the Under­ground Reich [18].

As civ [19]ic [19]unrest [19] stem­ming from pop­u­lar dis­sat­is­fac­tion with Erdo­gan’s gov­er­nance have spread, he has respond­ed with tac­tics and rhetoric pre­cise­ly and eeri­ly echo­ing the rhetoric of clas­sic fas­cism. Bor­row­ing from the rhetor­i­cal arse­nal of Hitler and Mus­soli­ni, Erdo­gan has staged mass ral­lies of rabid sup­port­ers, used ver­biage con­flat­ing the state and “the peo­ple” with him­self, accused the oppo­si­tion of being part of an amor­phous con­spir­a­cy involv­ing “for­eign inter­ests,” “spec­u­la­tors,” and the media–translation “Da Joos.”

Mor­si has respond­ed to oppo­si­tion [20] in a sim­i­lar fash­ion, both tac­ti­cal­ly and rhetor­i­cal­ly.

In a bru­tal­ly iron­ic way, the “Arab Spring” oper­a­tion has indeed result­ed in the real­iza­tion of Erdo­gan-style gov­er­nance in the Mid­dle East.

“Turkey Expands Vio­lent Reac­tion to Street Unrest” by Tim Arango, Seb­nem Arsu and Cey­lan Yegin­su; The New York Times; 6/17/2013; pp. A1-A7. [21]

EXCERPT: The Turk­ish author­i­ties widened their crack­down on the antigov­ern­ment protest move­ment on Sun­day, tak­ing aim not just at the demon­stra­tors them­selves, but also at the medics who treat their injuries, the busi­ness own­ers who shel­ter them and the for­eign news media flock­ing here to cov­er a grow­ing polit­i­cal cri­sis threat­en­ing to par­a­lyze the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Tayyip Erdo­gan.

After an intense night of street clash­es that rep­re­sent­ed the worst vio­lence in near­ly three weeks of protests, Mr. Erdo­gan ral­lied hun­dreds of thou­sands of his sup­port­ers on Sunday–many of them trav­el­ing on city bus­es and fer­ries that the gov­ern­ment had mobi­lized for the event–at an out­door are­na on the shores of the Sea of Mar­mara. . . .

. . . . In at least two strong­holds of sup­port for Mr. Erdo­gan, the nature of the con­fronta­tion seemed to take more dan­ger­ous turn, as antigov­ern­ment pro­test­ers clashed with his civil­ian back­ers. In Mr. Erdo­gan’s child­hood neigh­bor hood in Istan­bul, a group of gov­ern­ment sup­port­ers joined the police with sticks and fought against pro­test­ers, accord­ing to one wit­ness. . . .

. . . Even before Mr. Erdo­gan took the stage to deliv­er his near­ly two-hour-long speech, the mas­ter of cer­e­monies had bashed the for­eign news media, which the prime min­is­ter has sug­gest­ed is part of a for­eign plot, along with finan­cial spec­u­la­tors and ter­ror­ists, to top­ple his gov­ern­ment.

“CNN Inter­na­tion­al, are you ready for this?” shout­ed the announc­er to the sea of peo­ple wav­ing flags bear­ing Mr. Erdo­gan’s face and the yel­low and white logo of his Jus­tice and Devel­op­ment Par­ty, known by its Turk­ish ini­tials as A.K.P.

Mr. Erdo­gan then sin­gled out BBC, CNN and Reuters, say­ing, “for days, you fab­ri­cat­ed news.”

“You por­trayed Turkey dif­fer­ent­ly to the world,” he con­tin­ued. “You are left alone with your lies. This nation is not the one that you mis­rep­re­sent­ed to the world.”

At least 400 peo­ple were detained on Sun­day, accord­ing to the Istan­bul Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, with local news reports say­ing that some jour­nal­ists had been among them. One for­eign pho­tog­ra­ph­er doc­u­ment­ing the clash­es Sat­ur­day night said a police offi­cer had torn his gas mask off him while in a cloud of tear gas, and forced him to clear his mem­o­ry card of pho­tographs.

Some doc­tors and nurs­es who treat­ed pro­test­ers were detained by secu­ri­ty forces on Sun­day, accord­ing to the legal offices of the Istan­bul Cham­ber of Doc­tors. Lawyers have been held by the author­i­ties in recent days. Mr. Erdo­gan said Sun­day that even the own­ers of lux­u­ry hotels near Tak­sim Square who had pro­vid­ed refuge to pro­test­ers flee­ing the chaos of the police raid were linked to ter­ror­ism.

“We know very well the ones that shel­tered in the hotels those who coop­er­at­ed with ter­ror,” he said at the ral­ly. “Will they not be held account­able? If we do not hold them account­able, then the nation will hold us account­able.” . . . .

. . . . At Mr. Erdo­gan’s ral­ly on the seashore, near the walls of the ancient city, enthu­si­as­tic gov­ern­ment sup­port­ers voiced anger at its oppo­nents. Walk­ing up to the ral­ly grounds, peo­ple chant­ed, “Go gas them, Cap­tain! Break their hands!” A heli­copter over­head to pro­vide panoram­ic footage for state tele­vi­sion. . . .

“Tyran­nies across the World Are Crush­ing Dis­sent. In Britain Con­tempt for the Polit­i­cal Class is Grow­ing. Is It Pos­si­ble that Democ­ra­cy Is Dying?” by Max Hast­ings; Dai­ly Mail; 6/21/2013. [22]

EXCERPT: . . . . Naive Euro­peans hailed the 2010 ‘Arab Spring’ as promis­ing a new era in the Mid­dle East. Yet it seems more like­ly that those nations — Tunisia, Egypt and Libya — will mere­ly be ruled by new auto­crats.

The truth is that democ­ra­cy is ail­ing — not least here in Britain. Many peo­ple despise and dis­trust politi­cians. . . .

. . . . Ear­li­er this month, Turkey’s prime min­is­ter, Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan, adopt­ed one of the noto­ri­ous phras­es of the old fas­cist dic­ta­tors: ‘My patience is exhaust­ed.’

He then com­mit­ted thou­sands of riot police with batons and tear gas to remove peace­ful pro­test­ers from Istan­bul’s Tak­sim Square.

Erdo­gan has said that democ­ra­cy is an instru­ment to be exploit­ed only as long as it is use­ful. He is thought to aspire to chang­ing Turkey’s con­sti­tu­tion to make him­self an elect­ed dic­ta­tor.

Most edu­cat­ed urban Turks are appalled by his desire to break with the coun­try’s cen­tu­ry-old tra­di­tion of sec­u­lar­ism and to once more put Islam at the heart of law.

He has restrict­ed alco­hol sales and attempt­ed to crim­i­nalise adul­tery. More jour­nal­ists are in prison in Turkey than in Chi­na.

Erdo­gan has been able to act despot­i­cal­ly because as prime min­is­ter, he has deliv­ered eco­nom­ic growth. He has won three elec­tions through the votes of the small busi­ness class and rur­al peas­antry, who val­ue sta­bil­i­ty and tra­di­tion­al val­ues far above per­son­al free­dom.

He can claim pop­u­lar sup­port, even though his style of rule is a trav­es­ty of democ­ra­cy. Turkey is only the lat­est exam­ple of a nation bent on rolling back per­son­al free­doms or resist­ing demands for it. . . .