Erodgan’s Fight for Survival, Duff on Press TV


The Turkish parliament has approved a government-backed motion to extend the country’s state of emergency imposed in the wake of last year’s failed coup. The parliament agreed to prolong the state of emergency, which was due to expire on January 19, by another three months.

Fethullah Gulen has been too convenient a whipping boy for Erdogan

Ankara says the measure is needed to clear the government of supporters of the US-based opposition figure Fethullah Gulen, who it blames for the failed military takeover. The measure gives the administration special power to fire state employees and close down associations, including media groups.

It also extends the time that suspects can be held in jail without being charged. Thousands of people have either been sacked from state institutions or arrested since the last July putsch was aborted.

Speaking to Press TV, Gordon Duff, a senior editor at Veterans Today, said that the extension of state of emergency could have no impact on Turkey’s security, because, according to him, the country is suffering from its own president’s wrongdoings and not that of Fethullah Gulen.

“They need it and they’re going to need the one after that and the one after that and none of it has anything to do with Gulen and his supporters or the Kurds,” Duff underscored.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan created a friendly environment for extremists in the region with the help of its allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel, in the hope to appeal to the Turkish population and insulate himself against military coups, but everything turned against him, the analyst noted.

“In the process, with all of these games the Israelis turned on him. The Saudis turned on him. [Despite] his double-dealing against Iraq, trading oil with the Barzani Kurds out of Erbil and ISIS [Daesh], their secret partners turned on him. The NGOs, non-government organizations, which were used to supply arms to the terrorist groups … turned on him as well and as he is noting now the CIA has turned on him too,” he argued.

So, he can no longer hold things together at home and he is hoping that pulling back and getting new friends like Russia and Iran would help him, Duff concluded.


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  1. Well, I strongly believe that CIA attempted repeating the history of Iran when it succeeded in getting the democratically elected government of Mussaddaq, ousted by Gen. Fazlollah Zahedi to succeed Mosaddegh, in 1953, because Musaddegh had resisted foreign (CIA) domination in Iranian foreign as well as internal affairs.
    The basic reason why Erdogan was going to be ousted was that he also refused to CIA’s dictations to limiting relationships with Russia. CIA keeping Fathullah in its ‘pocket’ to install as Turkey’s President after overthrowing Erdogan, exactly what they did in Iran and Pakistan, in 1953 and 1977. There are lot many CIA local agents in Turkey, similarly like in Pakistan.
    Erdogan is a true patriotic son of Turkey and has risen from the grass root masses. He will not surrender and will keep on fighting for his survival, even if he loses his life, for the nation. If he has been betrayed by allies, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel, then he has no alternative but to go with Russia, Iran and China via Pakistan, but being a real patriot he does not want Turkey to be run on USA/CIA dictations.

  2. Erdogan raised Turkish economy several years ago. Trade and tourism with Russia. That is why people were glad. And now he ruined everything. Erdogan came to Moscow after mutual conflict, but my country knows the “true” value of Turkish word. “Tomato trading” is not desirable anymore – our farmers want to produce own fruits and vegetables (my Krasnodar region, Black Sea region). Tourism – i will never go to Turkey, in my region there is a sea, the mountains, rivers and caves, hot springs – you never visit everything during the life.
    Now they have economical problems.
    Turkey is the second large Russian gas consumer, after Germany. Hope they have common sense to use the opportunity of gas pipeline building and Atomic Power Station in Akkuyu. But it seems to me that if Turks try to do their best to become Uber alles – it will kill ’em.

  3. Edward – “Watch the Turkish economic numbers and you know how secure is Erdogan’s throne.” – Amen on that. But that is why Erdogan has been battening down the hatches, passing the law for more presidential power and purging even potential opponents. This has killed his getting into the EU, which he was betting on to get rid of his “excess poor” and create the flow of Euros back home from foreign Turkish workers. Farming their own poor as foreign workers was the bedrock of foreign exchange earnings for countries like the Philippines and Mexico for a long time, and still is.

  4. If or since Erdogan is bad for Turkey, bad for the Mideast, bad for NATO & EU and bad for the world, and if or since we/VT have the best intel/info on the nature of Erdogan’s perfidy and what would be best for Turkey & Mideast, who would we/VT like to rule Turkey? Will the people of Turkey agree? If so, then when?

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