A security officer stays on the roof near the Turkey's national flag as supporters of various political parties gather in Istanbul's Taksim Square before the Republic and Democracy Rally organised by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Turkey, July 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

The West Doesn’t Need Turkey

Last month the world was riveted by the attempted military coup in Turkey, followed by President Erdoğan exploiting the situation in the country to further solidify his own grip on power. This autocrat has had a whopping seventy thousand people detained, fired or suspended. Aside from military personnel and police, this number includes thousands of teachers, deans, journalists and judges. The speed at which these individuals were rounded up has left many questioning when the lists of detainees were actually complied.

  • WalterBannon

    Justin Trudope likes Turkey’s totalitarian fascist style govt.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Too much Turkey makes me sleepy.

  • Maggat

    When where the lists of detainees actually compiled? Well before the implementation of the alleged coup.

  • adam

    Turkey is in a position to dictate the demographic and political future of Europe. Turkey could allow millions or tens of millions of immigrants to pass through to Europe. Such action might very well subvert European democracy, such as it is. Erdogan will certainly use the threat as lever/weapon to achieve his aims.

    Now that he has near total control in Turkey, he might refocus his energies on foreign policy goals. These might include a much enhanced naval presence in the Med, subverting the Egyptian government, regaining lost influence in the Balkans, and attempting to counter Russian influence in the Levant.

    Let’s just put it this way: there’s going to be big trouble in the region.

    • Minicapt

      Keep in mind that he is purging the more competent members of the Turkish military.


  • simus1

    The good news is that Canada has a free trade agreement with erdogistan.
    The bad news is that turkish beer is on special at the LCBO.