Understanding Erdogan: Legal US resident incites coup in Turkey?

Interesting piece by Sinen Ulgan at Project Syndicate

The coup attempt heralds a new and uneasy phase in the Turkey-US relationship, because Turkish authorities have linked it to Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic preacher based near Philadelphia since 1999 but with a core group of followers in Turkey.

Gülen was previously charged with establishing a parallel state structure primarily within the police, the judiciary, and the military. More recently, the Turkish authorities classified the Gülen movement as a terrorist organization – a label given new meaning by the failed coup. But, despite the growing evidence concerning Gülen and his followers, the impression in Ankara is that the US has so far refused to constrain the activities of his network, which includes a range of schools and many civil-society organizations.

This network allows the Gülen movement to engage in substantial fundraising, which the authorities claim sustains the nefarious operations of its affiliates in Turkey. As a result, Gülen’s continued residence in Pennsylvania has become not only a contentious issue in the bilateral relationship, but also an important source of rising anti-Americanism in Turkey.

The failed coup is set to compound this trend. In the post-coup era, the US will come under significant pressure to reconsider its laissez-faire attitude toward Gülen. The Turkish side already has signaled that it will initiate a formal request for Gülen’s extradition.More.

Reality check: The problem with coups is that, one after another, they make a country seem coup-coup, and reflect badly on that country, as well as on the United States, for its usual practice of hosting extremists.

The US hosted Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bomber, and a bunch of other toxicities as well, right?

This situation works out only for the global elite who can afford security details. In the United States, they happen to have American citizenship as well.

As for the non-elite, never mind the dead. There are American women who will be managing with prosthetic limbs for the rest of their lives thanks to Tsarnaev, yet Rolling Stone chose to celebrate him on its cover. And it stays in business.

The only comfort I can take in the matter is that most of those women probably voted progressive and open-minded and all that—instead of narrow and self-protective, like me. I want to die in one piece. I don’t care what they want to do.

See also: Islam and denial: Madam, have you no shame? Excuse me, madam. In how many Christian or Jewish majority countries do we see gay people hanged? Doesn’t your utter lack of shame bother you?

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