"In the immediate aftermath of the Turkish military’s attempted coup on July 15, the international community responded with relief. While many people within Turkey and outside of it are no fans of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian regime, the bloodshed and chaos that would have resulted from a government overthrow seemed like the worse of two options.
But a little more than a week after the failed coup, it’s clear that the Turkish president is taking advantage of it in an attempt to gain absolute power in Turkey, enacting draconian measures and targeting any person or institution who might act as a voice of dissent. As Turkey moves toward dictatorial rule, here’s what the international community needs to know.
Turkey has so far used its newly declared state of emergency to force the closure of 2,341 institutions, including universities, charities, hospitals, and labor unions. What does this have to do with the coup attempt? Quartz
Whether or not you agree with me that Sultan Tayyip I was in control of the "coup," it seems clear that he intends to destroy Turkish secular republicanism. His persecution of the supposed Gulenist "threat" is IMO just a squabble between two factions of the Islamist movement in Turkey. The real target for Erdogan is Ataturk's legacy. pl