Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the “Man of the People”. I have featured Turkish Prime Minister many times in my blogs. I had a grudge against him from long ago, when he played the dissident and became the most freely advertised politician in Turkish history, maybe just a little bit less than Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
I have been wrong all along, because after years of bad mouthing him, as a two faced painted Taliban, I now admire him without restraint. I am a little bit (“just a little bit” as De Niro says) pissed off on the Gaza conflict, a very dividing event, and Erdoğan has his own position about it.
Not “Gezi Park” was the reason the “Occident” has a chip on the shoulder, but his involuntary antisemitism and the economic reforms that transformed Turkey from an inflation dependent and highly unstable country, in a regional power. It is against him that he is too autocratic, and Turkey will become a “one man state” after he’ll be President, “the first President elected by the people”. And so what, the ignorant Turk adore autocracy and dictatorship, I’m saying this from my own experience. They like to have someone to order them around, actually, all of them give orders to someone around.
He has sported a very populist campaign, based on full mouth words like “Are we brothers and sisters? Are we Turks?” while the crowd responds: “Tayyip, we will go to our deaths for you!” He said that his campaign is a War of Liberation: “We will not allow outside forces to harm Turkey!”
He had no opposition, I didn’t recognized any of his other two challengers. But this doesn’t matter, it’s not compulsory to know everyone. I know a few things about the “autocratic” Erdoğan. Western political analysts say that because he served three terms as Prime Minister, he hasn’t the right to participate again on Parliamentary elections, so the only solution was to become President. Nothing easier, only he wanted to modify the Constitution, to transform Turkish Presidency from a decoy function, in an real executive institution. And it worked, now he’s President.
He personally has changed from a Rolex wearing Taliban to a reformer who deprived the “1%” of their power, unleashed an economic boom, and lifted Turkey’s religious majority out of poverty and gave it a political voice.
Oh, and it wasn’t just political, but he lifted the ban on Twitter too, so they twit now in a frenzy in Turkey.
I always knew my opinions aren’t made of rock, or if they are, then water can polish them in time. It’s called evolution. Only a few things will never change: I’m never going to become an extremist of any kind, antisemitic, or Islamophobic, anarchist or terrorist (even from some small anarchy a lot of good deeds could be done, like when you have to vote to change something but you actually don’t like any one to cast your vote. What do you do? You don’t vote. What if less than half of the people don’t vote because your opinion is logical? You see? That’s “a little bit anarchy”.
By the way, I like a lot the pic from Der Spiegel, that was their idea of how autocracy look, it has that South-American air of “man in maximum and undisputed power”. It’s true. It’s the best for them, and the secret of his wanting is told also by Der Spiegel: Erdoğan dreams to be in function in 2023, when Turkey will celebrate 100 years from the proclamation of the Republic. Isn’t that Kemalism, or not? Would something like that be expected from a Taliban? I don’t think so. Long live the new Sultan of the Turkish Republic, because he’s no thief, and he seems unbribable! You know what makes him better than Atatürk? He doesn’t drink alcohol, he is taller and unbribable. Have I said that already? Yes.
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