(TFC) – While it isn’t over, the indications are the coup against Erdogan has failed. The stated goals of those behind the coup were to return to a secular government and reinstate the rule of law.
So, no, the President didn’t support a democratically-elected government. He threw his support behind a tyrant who engages in authoritarian control, subverts democratic institutions, commits war crimes, and violates human rights.
Western media pretended to be surprised by the events in Turkey. Of course, there was an attempted coup; Erdogan is a criminal. However, the Western media intentionally downplays Erdogan’s crimes so the citizens don’t demand action. The media has turned a blind eye to the genocide of the Kurds and all of the other crimes of the regime. It must feign shock and confusion at the prospect of a group wanting to overthrow a man they’ve painted as slightly confused and a little over the top. If they didn’t, the Western viewers might begin to realize the major networks are nothing more than propaganda arms of their governments.
Turkey deserves real leadership. It deserves a legitimate government. It deserves freedom. It deserves to be without Erdogan. Sadly, Erdogan, like all populist thugs, has some support among the people. He divides people based on race, religion, and language; just like the populist thugs in the United States. The coup sought to return the rule of law and promised everyone rights regardless of race, religion, or language. The government of the United States chose to forego the lofty ideal of the rule of law in exchange for political expediency.
The President of the United States openly sided with a war criminal on national television. If there was ever a moment in American History that could truly demonstrate to the average American the clear and undeniable fact that the US is not the good guy anymore, it is this moment in history.
This report was prepared by Justin King for The Fifth Column.