Saturday, April 28, 2007

Luttwak loves the 'deep state'

Foaming-at-the-mouth Edward Luttwak writes about Turkey.  The whole thing is a treat, but I particularly liked the last sentence.  You have to remember that the people he is writing about are the reformers, the group which is pulling Turkey away from the malign influence of the ‘deep state’.  As an example, the famous attacks against writers and journalists in Turkey is not the work of the Islamists which Luttwak fangs, but of the right-wingers – ‘deep state’ military and organized crime figures who are pals of Israel and the American Zionists – fighting a rear-guard action against modernization of Turkey.  Luttwak in fact turns the whole thing backasswards, fingering the reformers who want to bring Turkey closer to Europe as crazed religious radicals who want to join Europe so they can begin the Islamification of Europe(!).  For Luttwak, the neo-fascists are the good guys.

Failing to stress that the people who are now running Turkey are ‘deep state’ opponents is also a problem with the Sibel Edmonds arguments.  The 1996 Susurluk car crash is ancient history.

Addendum:  in case you’re blocked from seeing the entire article, here is the entire last paragraph:

“The AKP has the parliamentary seats to elect Abdullah Gul president, removing a major barrier to Islamization, although not more than 15 per cent of the population at most would want to transform Turkey into a full-blown Islamic republic under strict Sunni Muslim law. But the AKP is patient, and is clearly willing to defer Turkey's Islamization if it can advance Europe's.”