TRUMP ENTHRONES ERDOGAN - DESTROYS ALL TRUST IN U.S. DIPLOMACY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


TRUMP ENTHRONES ERDOGAN - DESTROYS ALL TRUST IN U.S. DIPLOMACY

Trump contradicted his speaker, the State Department and his allies by congratulating the Turkish President Erdogan for winning Sunday's referendum vote. He undermined his diplomacy.

Sundays referendum in Turkey makes the presidential office a quasi dictatorial position that leads the executive and can, via decrees, also overrule the legislative and judiciary elements of the state. President Erdogan is now in a dictatorial position. It maybe that a majority of the Turkish voters voted for this change but it is far from certain. The number of votes in doubt because they were not taken in accordance with the legal procedures (2-3 million) is higher than slight majority lead (1.5 million) for the "yes" side.

Official international election observers noted (pdf) that the vote was neither free nor fair. The vote came after an extreme hunt against anyone that could have endangered Erdogan's position. He jailed opposition politicians and civil servants, forbade some political parties and closed down opposition media. All state institutions were used in support for Erdogan's side. If he could only win by 1.5 million votes in a 80 million strong society after this extreme anti-opposition campaign how many Turks would really have agreed with him on more leveled grounds?

Twenty years ago, when he was mayor of Istanbul, Erdogan said in a Milliyet interview: "Democracy is like a tram ride: when you reach your stop, you get off". On Sunday Erdogan stepped off the tram.

Turkey is now a Tyranny of the Majority. There are no longer any institutional constraints to remove any minority group from the political scene or maybe even from the physical world. Turkey as we knew it is no more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, President Trump, for having inflicted upon the American people yet one more disappointment in an incredible string of colossal disappointments since your inauguration.

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