The failed military coup in Turkey
Jul 23, 2016
The Brexit on June 23 was a major political shift affecting the EU, but the failed coup in Turkey on July 15 will probably prove to be even more important. It affects not only the EU itself, but also NATO and the entire battle between Babylon and the kings from the east. July 15, of course, was a major watch date for us.
Since the ancient kingdom of the Medes included territory that is now eastern Turkey, this shift could well be the point today where Media becomes allied with the kings of the east. In ancient times it was Persia who took Media to form the Medo-Persian Empire. But today the kings from the east are China and Russia, so the historical pattern is a bit different. It appears that Turkey is now fast becoming an ally to Russia, rather than to the West.
Turkey is crucial to NATO, not only because of its strong military, but also because of its strategic position on the crossroad between Asia and Europe. Likewise, all during the first Cold War in the last half of the 20th century, its position on the southern border of the Soviet Union gave NATO a strategic advantage in case of war. It was for this reason the US has stored nuclear weapons at the Incirlik base in Turkey.
The base at Incirlik was constructed in 1951, and in 1954 the US and Turkey signed a joint-use agreement. The UK and Saudi Arabia also use the base.
The Turkish commander allowed the base to be used to support the coup with planes and helicopters, which seemed to implicate the US taking a position of “passive support” at the least. The commander was later arrested, and US secretary of state John Kerry denied all involvement.
“Kerry also warned that suggestions of a U.S. role in the failed coup were ‘utterly false’ and harmful to relations after Turkey's labor minister suggested there had been U.S. involvement in the plot.”
Although the US policy to overthrow Mideast nations has stalled in Syria, one has to wonder if the US government finally decided to extend its subversive foreign policy to Turkey. But if so, what was their motive? Recall that last November 24, Turkey shot down a Russian bomber that they claimed had strayed about 1 km inside Turkish airspace. One of the pilots was killed. This caused a huge strain on Turkish-Russian relations, something that would have greatly pleased the US policy makers charged with carrying out the “contain Russia” Brzezinski doctrine.
The wrath of President Erdogan has mainly been against an Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who used to be an ally of Erdogan but since 1999 has live in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. Gulen is the poster boy for the US policy of helping “moderate” Islamists. His main focus seems to be setting up schools (madrases) around the world to train children in his Islamic views. Russia found those schools to be subversive and banned them some years ago. Turkey has accused Gulen of trying to set up a “parallel state” in hopes of eventually replacing the current government of Turkey. Now that President Erdogan is blaming Gulen for the failed coup attempt, he is purging Turkey of all Gulen supporters and closing down all schools linked to him.
Gulen’s organizations are also heavy contributors to the Clinton Foundation, which, as many know, was set up to solicit bribes, er, “charitable contributions,” from governments around the world in exchange for favorable foreign policy decisions during the Clinton White House era.
Russia’s president Putin was obviously angry at Erdogan last November when the Russian bomber was shot down, but he continued to work behind the scenes and finally made peace. On June 27 (if I recall) Erdogan sent an official letter of apology to the family of the pilot that was killed.
William Engdahl, of New Eastern Outlook, explained in an interview in February of 2015 about Gulen’s long-term relationship with the CIA:
Question: So could we say that Gülen and his CIA relationship started long ago?”
WE: “Yes, all evidence suggests that NATO Turkish Gladio networks picked up Gülen as a potentially useful asset years ago. As their agenda changed with the collapse of the Soviet Union, their role for Gülen changed as well and doors were opened for him to play that role….
“Unlike the CIA’s Mujahideen Jihadists like Hekmatyar in Afghanistan or Naser Oric in Bosnia, the CIA decided to give Fethullah Gülen a radically different image. No blood-curdling, head-severing, human-heart-eating Jihadist. No, Fethullah Gülen was presented to the world as a man of “peace, love and brotherhood,” even managing to grab a photo Op with Pope John Paul II, which Gülen featured prominently on his website. The Gülen organization in the US hired one of Washington’s highest-paid Public Relations image experts, George W. Bush’s former campaign director, Karen Hughes, to massage his “moderate” Islam image….
“When Gülen fled Turkey to avoid prosecution for treason in 1998, he chose not to go to any of perhaps a dozen Islamic countries which could have offered him asylum. He chose instead the United States. He did so with the help of the CIA. The US State Department tried to block a special “preference visa as an alien of extraordinary ability in the field of education” permanent visa status for Gülen, arguing he was basically a fraud with a fifth grade education and no special Islam scholar. Over the objections of the FBI, of the US State Department and of the US Department of Homeland Security, three former CIA operatives intervened and managed to secure a Green Card and permanent US residency for Gülen.
“Intervention by three current or “former” CIA people—George Fidas, who was US Ambassador to Turkey and an ex CIA Deputy Director; Morton Abramowitz who was described as at least “informal” CIA, and CIA career man who spent time in Turkey, Graham E. Fuller. They got Gülen asylum in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. That certainly suggests a strong tie at the very least.”
Question: “Was the relationship between Gulen and the CIA depending on both parties’ benefits? If so what were their benefits? How did CIA support Gulen to develop and grow his foundation?”
WE: “Yes, clearly. For the Gülen Cemaat it enabled a vast business empire to be created which gained more and more influence by placing its people inside the police, the courts and education ministry. He could build his recruiting schools across Central Asia with CIA support. In the USA and Europe, CIA-influenced media like CNN gave him beautiful free publicity to overcome opposition to open his schools across America. For the CIA it was one more tool to destroy not only an independent secular Kemalist Turkey, but to advance their Afghan drug trade worldwide and to use Gülen’s people to destabilize opponent regimes that CIA network in Washington, the “deep state” wanted to get rid of.”
It is for this reason that President Turkey has declared a three-month state of emergency and is arresting thousands of soldiers, judges, educators, etc. While this may appear excessive in the western media, the fact is that it probably shows the extent of Gulen’s CIA-backed influence in Turkey, which is now being radically purged.
I read one coup report (which I can’t find anymore), which told how Russian elite forces protected Erdogan by taking him to a safe place when the military came to kill him or take him prisoner. If that is true, then it shows how close Turkey and Russia had become in recent weeks. It also suggests that Erdogan now is indebted to Putin for saving his life and his government.
It appears that the US government became alarmed at the sudden peaceful alliance between Turkey and Russia. That could very well be the motive for the coup itself, and that is probably what causes Erdogan’s deep suspicion toward the US government and underlines the seriousness of the situation. It would also explain all of the unfounded rumors that Erdogan staged the coup himself in order to have an excuse to purge the country of anyone opposing him. That seems to be an obvious CIA story planted in the controlled media to take the heat off the real culprits.
But regardless of all this, if we step back and look at the big picture, we see Turkey shifting toward an alliance with Russia. This is an enormous shift in the balance of power. Turkey has provided great strength to NATO, but now NATO has been compromised. Europe needs Turkey more than Turkey needs Europe in order to stem the tide of immigrants that are causing chaos, especially in Germany and France.
Turkey is demanding that Gulen be extradited from the US to stand trial in his home country. Right now, this is a major rift in US-Turkish relations. But in the end, it does not matter who was behind this failed coup attempt. What matters is how Erdogan perceives it, and how he “sells” it to the world. Whether or not the US had a hand in the coup, Turkey may be lost to NATO, to Europe, and to the West in general.
If Turkey continues to strengthen its alliance with Russia, then it will be clear to the analysts that the US war against the kings of the east will be lost. That, I believe, is the real significance of this failed military coup in Turkey.
Brzezinski, the author of the US policy to keep Russia down and out, is now in full panic mode. He made a recent speech described here:
“Forgetting that the foreign policy of the US has been based on his crazy plans (especially, but not only, since the election of his protégé Barak Obama), Brzezinski tells his masters that the US could soon lose their dominant position, and/or they could even be soundly defeated militarily if they go to war with their “rivals” Russia and China.
“What can be done? What is his plan? His only solution is to split China from Russia and to convince one of the two “rivals” to partner with Washington against the other. Far fetched to pathetic, to say the least.
“Brzezinski warns that this will mean “probably global chaos” (sic). That is why the US has to decouple Russia and China, immediately; and transform one of the two into a partner. But (painful dilemma) which one should be the enemy and which one should be the partner? Zbig explains that the US elite must “contain the least predictable but potentially the most likely rival to overreach…“ And who is that? “Currently, the more likely to overreach is Russia.” So, an alliance with China against Putin’s Russia? Not so fast, hisses the doubtful snake. In fact “in the longer run [the more likely to overreach] could be China.”
“Maybe, the criminally incompetent maître a penser of the Wall Street sharks is trying to split the two “rivals” offering a “partnership” to the first who raises his hand. In this case, we would be witnessing an abysmal delusion, an embarrassing show of impotence!
The The dilemma of the US warmongers who follow the Brzezinski Doctrine is who to try to seduce into a partnership: Russia or China. The problem is that neither Russia nor China trust the US government. Their economic ties are already solidified, due to all the past US opposition to the rise of both nations. Do we really think that at this late stage of the game one of them will break ties and join a US alliance?
Obviously, Brzezinski is in panic mode, for he is the one who will be most discredited by the failure of current US policy, which has been directed primarily against Russia. The article above concludes this way:
“The creation and manipulation of social upheavals — variously called Color Revolutions, Arab Springs, and so on — were the perfecting of the same criminal dirty tricks: how to trigger a coup d’état without paying for the consequences of public involvement. Brzezinski’s so much over-estimated geopolitical ability has been mostly limited to the creation and manipulation of terrorism, organized crime, media campaigns, propaganda -- all to obfuscate and cover up criminal operations that otherwise would be simply and openly acts of wars.
“But now, the crumbling snake can do very little not only to cover his long list of war crimes, but also his impotence.”