Fanaticism conquers Turkey

Gezi protests in summer, 2014, Istanbul. Erdogan’s government has passed new laws to forbid such protests in the future.

For the past two years, Turkey has been in a downward political spiral where the language of hatred and demonization overshadows everything else. The spiral is only getting deeper and deeper by jumping to new levels with every new political crisis and drama.

The terror attack against prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, which took place last Tuesday within the colossal courthouse in central Istanbul, was one such level-jumper. The late Mr. Kiraz was overlooking the case of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who had tragically died because of an injury he took to his head during the Gezi Park protests of summer 2013. The injury was caused by a police tear-gas canister and prosecutor Kiraz was really trying his best to figure out which police officers were responsible…

…And the fanaticism behind this zeal is getting worse and worse every day, with no safe exit at sight.

  • andycanuck

    When I read about the widespread power failures in Turkey last week, I was hoping a secular military coup was going on as has happened in the past. Alas, no.

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  • Waffle

    Oh, those crazy Turks:


  • winniec

    Kemalism (secularism) is the only force that will save Turkey from a tragic civil war. They are teetering on the edge right now. It will not surprise me if at any time Turkey falls over the edge into the Islamist abyss. Erdogan has been playing with matches.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Kurdish PKK claim the eastern 20% of Turkey, and unless the secularists seize control of Ankara, the Kurds might win back their homeland.