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(en) anarkismo.net: President Erdogan is as dangerous as President Trump by Zaher Baher
Mon, 4 Jun 2018 07:13:44 +0300
This article covers the similarity between President Trump and President Erdogan . It
tells the readers that President Erdogan has been dangerous to the world too and probably
there is no comparison between him and Trump. The article also covers the role of UK Media
about Trump as the most dangerous man in the world but very little about Erdogan while he
is more dangerous than Trump. ---- President Erdogan is as dangerous as President Trump By
Zaher Baher ---- May 2018 ---- The system is always able to create dangerous people but
the real danger is the system itself. The system also makes the people powerless, helpless
and slaves too through its dark forces of which the Media is one. ---- Media is a part of
this system, portraying heads of state, powerful people and celebrities as either good or
bad. In this way Media does a great job in protecting and preserving the system. It does
this by diverting people's attention from real problems. It is always better for the
state, the United Kingdom (UK) that its people do not take important issues they are
facing seriously. Health services, education, housing and homelessness, immigration,
racism, the railways and Brexit are just a few of them.
Since Trump came to power, Media almost everywhere tries to discredit him and dismiss him
as the most dangerous man in the world and call him any name. There is no doubt that most
of what the Media says about Trump is right but no doubt the system from time to time
needs people like him.
Is president Trump dangerous and a real threat to the world?
Many of President Trump's polices from beginning to the present are wrong and inhuman from
cutting health care, racist and inhuman immigration policy, continuing the global "war on
terror", withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, abortion restrictions, cutting
taxes on the rich and corporations, withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement, to moving the US Embassy from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem in recognition of Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital.
He is an extremist, sexist, bigoted, prejudiced, anti-Islamic and can be fascistic too. He
is the most powerful person in the world and the head of the most powerful state as well.
Many of us because of the above reasons think he is the most dangerous person and is a
major threat to the world and peace. Certainly he can be. But the words ‘can be' are very
much different from ‘is' and also we should know that he is very fragile and weak although
he became powerful through the election process. And his support can be limited by the
wealth of corporations and only extends to a certain degree. At most, his power may be
extended to six more years while there is the possibility of having only two more years as
it is doubtful that he will be elected again even that is what he wants. Whatever he wants
he still cannot reshape the fate of the Middle East as a whole let alone of the world.
How about President Erdogan? Is he less dangerous or less of a threat to the world or at
least to the Middle East?
Let me remind the readers about him and his polices and the actions of his political
party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), then I leave it for the readers to make
their own judgement.
President Erdogan from the very beginning was an extremist and fanatical as he came from
an Islamic background and described himself as a conservative democratic. He was the Mayor
of Istanbul form 1994 to 1998. He was stripped of his position, banned from political
office, and imprisoned for four months, for reciting a poem that promoted a religious
point of view of the government during a speech in 1998.
He founded the AKP in 2001 and won three general elections in 2002, 2007 and 2011. He was
the Prime Minster from 2003 to 2014 and then became the President of Turkey.
Like Trump he is a sexist, bigoted, prejudiced, extremist and racist. He is fanatically
religious, nationalist and certainly a vicious dictator and fascist. He and his National
Intelligence Organisation, (MIT) is the creator of Islamic State with the help of Qatar
and the US.
He tried to expand his Kalifate beyond Turkey and dreamt of bringing back the times of the
Ottoman Empire. He intervened viscously in Syria and Iraq and tries to play a major role
in the whole region to consolidate his power. He abused his power to restart war not just
with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) but with all Kurdish people in Turkish Kurdistan
(Bakur) after two policemen were killed in June 2015 which the PKK always denied. He
banned active members and supporters of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) and the PKK.
Thousands of activists and politicians including many HDP MPs and both heads of the HDP
are in prison. Since July 2015 so many Kurdish civilians have been killed or injured, over
400,000 people displaced from their own homes and so many towns and villages destroyed.
He justified the military coup of July 2016 in order to imprison many thousands from the
military, politicians and civilians including judges, prosecutors, lawyers, teachers,
nurses, academics and journalists and dismissed many more thousands from their jobs. On
16th April 2017 he held a constitutional referendum to approve 18 proposed amendments to
the Turkish constitution in order to create an executive presidency and presidential
system. This would allow him to stay in power as head of the state until 2029. On January
20th, of this year he ordered an attack on Afrin, one of the Kurdish Cantons in the North
of Syria, a most peaceful place, commonly known as Rojava. It was invaded after 58 bloody
days of fighting, on 18th of March. Recently he brought the Turkish general election
forward from Nov 2019 to 24th of June fearful of losing power.
While he still supports terrorist groups, especially Isis, financially and logistically he
is a very big threat to innocent people in the US, UK, the rest of Europe, Iraq, Pakistan
and Afghanistan and also to peace in the Middle East. So the longer his stay in power the
more dangerous it will be for Turkey, the region, Europe and the US.
The question here is why a man with this character and terrible record is not seen as
being dangerous? Why was he not faced by hundred of thousands of angry protesters when he
visited the UK on 13th of May?
Of course he should have been made unwelcome by a huge number of angry protesters. But the
Media and the State in the UK did not want that to happen to avoid embarrassing both the
Prime Minster and President Erdogan. The Media here usually silent or only very covers the
atrocity that has been going on for so long against Kurdish and activists in Turkey.
As for the Prime Minster and her government, it was not just a matter of being silent
about Erdogan and his government. It was business as usual. In fact, the failed coup and
suppression of the Kurdish and others by the state of Turkey were beneficial for May's
government. On the same day, she met Erdogan she made a declaration of support for him and
denounced the Kurdish as "terrorists" and, since 2016, the UK sold over £1bn of weapons to
For those of us who did not know before, we should now know it is not in the interests of
the UK to denounce Erdogan as Turkey is one of the strongest members of the North Atlantic
Treaty Organisation (NATO), of being an important key ally in the fight against "terrorism
"and an indispensable partner for future trading in a post-Brexit world.
So the recent demonstrations and protests against the visit of Mr Erdogan on 15th May and
of his govern
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