Did Erdogan or someone on his team deliberately provoke the brawl at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC, in which members of Erdogan’s security team beat up pro-Kurdish protestors?
Or did anti-Erdogan forces provoke the brawl to make Erdogan look bad?
The “security detail riot” looked a bit like the Chicago “police riot” at the 1968 Democratic convention. In both cases it was “security forces” doing most of the rioting, while nonviolent demonstrators for the most part just got beat up without fighting back.
There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”
I find it hard to believe that Erdogan’s security is so poorly trained that they would just spontaneously leap into a crowd like that in the middle of the US capital — even if one of the anti-Erdogan demonstrators “started it” by pushing, punching or spitting on an Erdogan supporter, as alleged by that Erdogan supporter. No, I have to suspect that this was yet another false flag, a staged scene of orchestrated political violence, created to serve somebody’s agenda.
I wonder if Erdogan, or someone on his team, is pursuing a “strategy of tension” vis-a-vis the USA, primarily for domestic political consumption. Erdogan’s base (like Erdogan himself, we assume) is furious with the US for attempting to crush Turkish democracy in the coup attempt of July 15, 2016…and then refusing to extradite CIA-supported stooge Fethullah Gulen, the alleged coup leader. As we approach the first anniversary of the failed coup, Erdogan gains political points in Turkey for strutting around thumbing his nose at the US. What better way to do that than beat the hell out of some Kurdish “terrorists” in Washington, DC?
Somewhat similar (though less violent) stunts occurred in Europe during the run-up to the Turkish referendum that changed Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential government. Erdogan supporters clashed with European governments, standing up for their right to campaign among Turkish communities in Europe. It played well back home in Turkey. The more Erdogan stands up to the bullying West, the better he looks to his base.
In any case, all this “political streetfighting and thuggery” stuff seems to be getting out of hand, as I said in the interview posted above.
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