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    In Fear of the End? What Recent Turkish Clampdown Might Actually Mean

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    The recent developments in Turkey, including the arrests of three top officers for intercepting Syria-bound trucks that belonged to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and the arrests of journalists charged with espionage look like a “choreographed fight against abettors of foreign villains,” writes a journalist from RIA Novosti.

    “It is absolutely clear that in Turkey’s top echelons there has begun …“some stirring,” Pavel Ivanov wrote in his article for the RIA Novosti website.

    Ankara, he says, will pretend to be “fighting against traitors among its public servants who had taken the side of terrorists. But what about the stream of information that the radicals are being supported, not just by some particular Turkish civil servants or those in uniform, but by the whole political top elite of the country?”

    So, the author predicts, we will witness more of a “choreographed fight against the abettors of foreign villains” rather than a real fight against terrorism, as Turkey will need to restore its stained reputation.

    We will see more arrests among the country’s generals, but for another reason – as a mean of “elementary self-protection.”

    The country will almost surely suffer from the economic and political consequences of its unmasked aggression towards Russia and it might well destroy the power of those at the top.

    And in hard times for the country, the officers and the army traditionally take on a special responsibility. A similar situation happened back in 1980, when, after the Turkish coup d'état, headed by Chief of the General Staff General Kenan Evren, power was transferred to the country’s armed forces. As a result, 50 people were executed, 500,000 were arrested and hundreds died in prison.

    And this is the scenario, which the current president and his so-called allies, “fear like the plague”. “Thus the process has begun.”

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