07 Apr Erdogan and AKP hold power in Turkey
Last Sunday (March 30, 2014) Turkey held elections that were considered in many ways a bellwether for how the AKP will fare in larger elections at the end of this year. In light of the series of truly tacky scandals surrounding the Prime Minister and the AKP party over the last few months, I was beginning to think that he just might lose his grip on power. But not so. In fact, the AKP maintained a solid 44% of the vote with no other party even encroaching those numbers. No sooner did the election results come in than Erdogan took to the stage and declared that he would “enter the lair” of his enemies and “punish them.” What a wonderful acceptance speech. How democratic. He also flashed the four finger R4bia salute which has become the preferred sign of support for the Muslim Brotherhood. A few years ago, I made a comment on the Rumors of War, Part II documentary for Glenn Beck that in Erdogan, we have an emerging Adolph Hitler of the Middle East. After the film was released, I wondered if making such a statement was a bit too over the top. Only time will tell. (Update: Turkish opposition leader: ‘Turkey’s Erdogan following in footsteps of Hitler, Mussolini’) But one thing is sure, the man is an egomaniac and a dictator of the worst stripe. And at least for now, he seems set to maintain control over Turkey for the foreseeable future. As I often have pointed out, Turkey does have the largest army in the region and its strategic strength and potential cannot be overstated. The long term ramifications for the region will be dramatic. None of this is a positive sign for the future of the region.
A few articles of interest for geopolitical watchers, along these lines: