Military Coup Underway in Turkey July 15, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Ecumenism, non squitur, persecution, secularism, Society, Victory.
This is Turkey’s best and final hope to avoid falling under a very long-term islamist government. The Turkish military has always been regarded as the ultimate guardians of the secular state created by Kemal Ataturk in 1923. Under the 10+ year government of Recip Erdogan, however, he has pushed the nation further and further away from its secular founding. Many have been surprised that the military has not acted to date. Now, I’m not normally in favor of a secular state, but when the choice is secularism, or militant islam, secularism is probably – Turkish style, which, historically, was not terribly radical – the better option.
It will be interesting to see how this develops. At this point, and given that Erdogan was on the cusp of making the Hagia Sophia a mosque again (an eternal affront to Christendom, as it was for 1000 years one of Christianity’s grandest structures), I see this as a positive good and hope it succeeds. An islamist Turkey within Europe and possessed of 100 million souls and a powerful, very well-trained military would be a frightening prospect, virtually another or even worse Iran.
It’s a shame Greece and Bulgaria totally botched their golden opportunity to drive the Ottomans from Europe in 1913 and reclaim Constantinople for Christendom due to stupid infighting. Now the fate of Turkey seems to depend on the still un-islamified portions of the military. I have to wonder if the plans to transition the Hagia Sophia back to a full-time mosque did not energize the coup leaders to act. The Hagia Sophia as a museum has long been seen as a powerful symbol of a secular Turkey. It would be quite prophetic if it was the pending islamization of a great Christian church that precipitated this reaction.
There are some reports of gunfire in Constantinople, with many videos of aircraft flying over in full burner, an interesting show of force. It may be a long night in Istanbul, but the coup leaders are claiming to have already deposed Erdogan and are consolidating power.
We shall see.
Watch this F-16 zoom down a hillside: