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April 30, 2014, Wednesday

Cengiz Çandar said that...

An Egyptian court's decision to sentence the leader and hundreds of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement to death makes us contemplate the basic problems of the Islamic world. How can the coup administration in Egypt act so recklessly, and challenge the whole world? What is the source of such recklessness?
It is quite certain that the coup administration in Egypt is being protected by the dominant powers of the global system. The US, the EU and Israel are lending implicit or explicit support to it. We need to remember that neither the US nor the EU have described this open and violent coup as such. This is the biggest failure of Western democracy. It implies that the West will be intolerant and even cruel towards an alternative government that is different to the Western lifestyle, culture and hegemony. This suggests that whether they are democratically elected or not, the management of countries cannot be left in the hands of Islamic movements.
In order to understand what happened in Egypt, we need to look at what happened in Turkey during the postmodern military coup of Feb. 28. Cengiz Çandar provided historic remarks and sound information on this issue.
In an interview with Neşe Düzel published in Taraf Daily on April 16, 2012, Çandar said:
"The US did not support an open military coup but supported the Feb. 28 process. They did support the post-modern coup. I have witnessed this. I was in the US between 1999 and 2000. I participated in a joint book project on Turkey and we had meetings with several writers for different chapters of the book. The editor of the book was former US Ambassador to Turkey Morton Abramowitz. Alan Makovsky, a senior fellow and director at the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy -- which is considered a think tank of the Israeli lobby -- also attended the meeting. During a coffee break, Makovsky asked Abramowitz why he did not attend the meeting on the 7th floor. When I asked about the meeting, they told me that on March 12, 1997 -- only two weeks after the National Security Council (MGK) meeting in which the postmodern coup was staged -- a meeting on Turkey was held on the 7th floor of the headquarters of the US Department of State on the demand of then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Please think back to those days. The coalition government of Welfare Party (RP) and True Path Party (DYP) -- known as the Refah-Yol government -- was overthrown in June. It is reported that Bernard Lewis, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle were among those who attended the meeting. During this meeting, they discussed what kind of strategy they should adopt relating to Turkey and decided that ‘the government should be overthrown without a coup.'
“I said: ‘The US eliminates those who threaten its interests, but the Virtue Party (FP) leader Necmettin Erbakan had not done anything of the kind. On the contrary; Turkey's relations with Israel were very strong. More importantly, he lent support to the US over the evacuation of 5,000 Kurds allegedly linked with the CIA when former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces entered northern Iraq.'

“Abramowitz answered: 'There is an unwritten code in Turkish-US relations. Erbakan violated this code. The US does not like unpredictable allies who cannot be easily controlled. Although he was asked not to do so, he paid his first foreign trip as prime minister to Iran. His following visits were to Egypt, Libya and Nigeria'.”

“It is not possible to understand the Feb. 28 process without seeing the close relations between the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and Israel and pro-Israel officials in the US. Unlike other coups, there are more complicated foreign links involved in the Feb. 28 process."  

In the light of these facts, what is the real problem in the Islamic world and what is the way out? I will discuss this matter further on Friday.
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