Sunday, July 14, 2013

Army Further Weakened in Turkey

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

On Friday Turkey changed the definition of their army. That decision will have a huge impact on the future of Turkey.

The army in Turkey was always used as an essential vehicle safeguarding the democracy. Four times in the past hundred years the military has been called to step in to take over and then hand the country back to the people. The Turkish army was a safety valve against anti-democratic movements and leaders.

On Friday Turkish Parliament officially changed the definition of the Turkish armed forces to that of "watching over and protecting the Turkish republic."

According to the new definition the Turkish army is "defending the Turkish nation against external threats and dangers, and maintaining and strengthening military powers to ensure deterrence."

As of now the Turkish army has no role in the preservation of the republic from internal threats. The army now functions solely as a defense against outside forces.

This is the last blow in a series of attacks against the army orchestrated by Erdogan. His objective is to neuter the army which was too powerful and too independent for him.

Erdogan is succeeding in changing the country - but at what cost for Turkey? 

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