Monday, April 30, 2007

Will The Turkish Army Intervene?

Demonstrations In Turky

Hundreds of thousands (estimated to be 1 million) of Turks went out to the streets to demonstrate against the nomination of Abdullah Gul by the ruling political party.
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The protesters were raising signs and bans denouncing that someone with an Islamic background (political) would make it to the presidency office (Abdullah Gul).
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Now, here's the question...
Lets first remember that we are talking about Turkey, not Egypt.
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A few facts:
  • Turkey is a democratic republic. Great!
  • Elections' results there represent what people want.
  • There is no forging or manipulation of election results going on there (unlike what happened\happens in Egypt).
  • It is known that Turks elected a Political party with an Islamic background rule (Justice and Development political party).
  • This ruling party has the right to elect one from amongst them to go for presidency. After which elections will decide who wins.
Of course if Abdullah Gul wins the elections, this will be the first time in 90 years or so a man with Islamic background would be the president.
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Ok, now... by democratic means people did choose what they want (Gul's Justice and Development political party).
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Don't you think that if people want someone to make it to the President's seat, then so be it?!!
Why not let elections decide? Why not let people decide?
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Isn't that fair? isn't that democratic?
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Seem the Turkish army has other plans.
Of course no need to say, that all the seculars are worrying about what they want, not what the "non-forged" real elections will say!
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So what do you think?
Will the army intervene and oust Abdullah Goal and the whole ruling party as they did before to save secularism regardless of what elections say?
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Historically, it is known that the army has intervened 3 times in the past and ousted 3 leaders(or rulers) from the leader's position (last time was about 10 years ago).

Of course, this act is non-democratic since the army should be idle in political debates or elections (at lease that is what democratic regimes go by).

But, hey... when it comes to "SAVING" secularism...anything is allowed! wala eh?! mahi kooosa ba2a!
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I always find it fascinating how some people just want a tailored democracy, a democracy that fits their desires and that's it!
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Oh yes, i forgot... people don't know what is good for them or their country as long as it is not the "Secular" way. Humph! yeah right!
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The words hypocrisy and double standards come to mind clearly in similar situations!
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We'll have to wait and see....
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Mood: Wondering...

2 comments:

mbthe2nd said...

"I always find it fascinating how some people just want a tailored democracy, a democracy that fits their desires and that's it!"

i guess this applies to muslim brotherhood here in Egypt as well.
And it definitely applies to Americans who want to apply "democracy" in Iraq.

After all we're all humans, and as a wise man said (can't remember the exact words) "every man is a racist and a sexist and self-centered; but only to different degrees"

Fadfadation said...

You said it...

"We're all humans" :)

I liked that comment:
every man is a racist and a sexist and self-centered; but only to different degrees"