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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Breaking: Sultan Erdogan declares 'state of emergency'

It's come to this:
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency.

Speaking to the nation Wednesday night, Erdogan said he met with the National Security Council and together they decided to recommend a state of emergency be declared.

“The purpose of state of emergency is to be able to take most efficient steps to remove threat as soon as possible,” he said. “It will strengthen and protect democratic values and rule of law.”

He also commended the citizens of Turkey who heeded his call and took to the streets. “Citizens are occupying the squares on a democracy watch and their names will go down in golden letters in the history of democracy.”

Adding that, “Turkey proved its allegiance to democracy and the rule of law by paying the high price of the lives of its citizens.”

“This nation has the right to determine its own destiny. Everyone should know that.”

He assured the nation that the armed forces will remain under the command and control of the governors and, “As the president elected, as the commander in chief, I will attend to it so that all viruses in the armed forces will be cleansed.”

“My people, do not have any concerns. Turkey has overcome this challenge and will come out of it stronger by investing more,” he concluded.
The latest estimates are that some 60,000 people have been arrested in Turkey. And they don't get Miranda warnings.
Obama and Kerry were last heard mumbling something about the world's only Muslim democracy.


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At 2:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IIRC, it was YNet which ran an interview with a former schoolmate of Erdogan's. The young Recep was allegedly very proud of carrying a copy of Mein Kampf among his schoolbooks. About a year ago, he committed a bobble in one of his public statements, seeming to praise Hitler's governmental methods.

Unfortunately, Kemalism is dead and there are no ESSO petrol stations in Turkey.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Pre-Boomer Marine Brat,


At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:25 PM, Blogger Shtrudel said...

ESSO is an ExxonMobile affiliate and ExxonMobile is operating in Turkey... And has been doing so for over 100 years...

So what point are you trying to make with that factoid?!...

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes, Exxon-Mobile's there, but I haven't seen evidence of ESSO-brand stations, themselves. My (admittedly nit-picky) point is a veiled reference to Benito Mussolini's fate at the hands of partisans. Both Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen should have it.


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