Silence of the (AKP) lambs

İHSAN YILMAZ
İHSAN YILMAZ


Date posted: June 4, 2014

İHSAN YILMAZ

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been constantly attacking the Hizmet movement for the last six months.

Almost everyday, he mentions the word “Pennsylvania,” which is known to mean Fethullah Gülen. Erdoğan risks his own Islamic beliefs just to lead his voters to believe that Gülen and his followers are not Muslims, but puppets and even agents of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) — just like Ivan Watson of CNN International! — and Mossad. Erdoğan also keeps claiming that Fethullah Gülen and Hizmet movement supporters are terrorists.

On a live TV show, he pressured a journalist to call them a terrorist organization. He also reportedly said he was aware that some of his ministers had been silent on this issue and that he would speak to them.

Yes, many of his ministers and party members have been totally silent on this issue, or they have wholeheartedly spoken out against Pennsylvania, Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement. In total opposition to Beşir Atalay, Efkan Ala, Bülent Arınç, Bekir Bozdağ and Ahmet Davutoğlu, others, including Minister of Customs and Trade Hayati Yazıcı, have openly stated that the prime minister’s accusations of a “parallel state” are legally groundless.

It is also known that in closed, off-the-record meetings, a number of Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies and staunch columnists who support the Erdoğan government have told their Western interlocutors that these allegations of Erdoğan’s are unsubstantiated, that they cannot be proven in any court and that Erdoğan is simply making the claims to convince his voters to vote for him. I would humbly advise my American and European readers to ask this issue to, for instance, AKP deputy Osman Can or columnist Etyen Mahçupyan. I still trust their honesty despite their support of Erdoğan.

An important question is this: Why are many of these AKP members not like Erdoğan and the AKP’s social media trolls, who keep libeling Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement? I think the answer is very simple. First and foremost, they know very well that there is not a shred of evidence against Gülen and the Hizmet movement. Erdoğan controls the state to a great extent. He has formed an alliance with the Ergenekonians in the police, judiciary and the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) against the movement, but they have not been able to come up with any evidence in the last six months.

This is too risky for Erdoğan. Erdoğan’s supporters in this fight against the movement, such as Gülay Göktürk of the Bugün daily, are becoming impatient and asking for evidence. Whistleblowers have informed the public that Erdoğan has asked his bureaucrats to fabricate evidence, but since not every bureaucrat sheepishly obeys him, so far they have not been successful.

The second but most important reason for the AKP lambs’ silence despite their sheepish obedience to Erdoğan is that they are not completely sure whether the AKP can stabilize its anti-democratic and authoritarian rule in the country. They know very well that Erdoğan and some of his ministers and bureaucrats have been slaughtering the rule of law, justice and regulations. They are fully aware that the corruption allegations are very serious, that legally acquired evidence is solid as a rock and that independent courts will make life difficult for Erdoğan, his family and his businessmen friends.

Moreover, they keep witnessing how all the accusations made by Erdoğan and his media have been refuted and how Erdoğan’s media outlets keep publishing corrections because of court orders.

That is why they silently watch while their bleeding and cornered leader attacks in every direction. Since they are not sure if he can win this game or not, they have not left the AKP ship yet; but in their private conversations, they have started voicing their concerns.

I do not and will never feel sorry for these opportunistic and immoral politicians. They deserve Erdoğan.
 

 

Source: Todays Zaman , June 4, 2014


Related News

Hizmet unmasks ‘undemocratic’ Erdogan

What appears to be going on in Turkey now is a struggle between the Hizmet movement and Erdogan. However, when you scratch the surface, it is easy to detect the increasing authoritarian and arbitrary rule under Erdogan’s government. All Gulen is doing is asking for a more democratic Turkey.

Turkey’s Crackdown on Businesses Sparks Concern

The Turkish government crackdown that followed the failed July coup is expanding to businesses, with the assets of major multibillion-dollar conglomerates seized, along with hundreds of smaller companies.

Politically motivated police raid of kindergarten in west Turkey

The witch hunt against the opponents of the government continues and is growing. In another instance of a government-orchestrated operation targeting the faith-based Gülen movement, popularly known as the Hizmet movement, the police along with inspectors conducted raids around 6 am on Tuesday at dozens of institutions owned by the Yamanlar Educational Institutions, which was established by volunteers of the movement in the western province of İzmir.

Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) gathers all colors of Turkey at iftar

ESRA MADEN, İSTANBUL Many distinguished figures including Turkey’s spiritual leaders, politicians, artists, businessmen and journalists came together at the same iftar (fast-breaking dinner) table on Tuesday night in an event held by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV). GYV Honorary President Fethullah Gülen greeted the guests with a message he issued for the night. “Ramadan […]

Turkey Should Protect All Prisoners from Pandemic

Terrorism may sound like the gravest of offenses, but in Turkey, the government misuses the charge for political ends. Many inmates are placed in lengthy pretrial detention or sentenced without evidence.

Teacher tortured to death by Turkish police found innocent, reinstated to job

Teacher Gökhan Açıkkollu, who was tortured to death while in police custody in the wake of a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016 over alleged membership in the faith-based Gülen movement, was found innocent one-and-a-half years later and “reinstated” to his job.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Gülen says Turkey’s democracy eroding under AK Party rule

Jailed woman in hospital for delivery to be returned to jail with new-born

Is Erdogan’s smile worth more than the tears of Pak-Turk students?

Turkish Cultural Night in Philippines

Istanbul police display hundreds of books among evidence of ‘terror’

An ‘impossible’ choice: Leave 5-year-old son in foster care or risk being tortured

Refugee mother overjoyed after reuniting with daughters

Copyright 2023 Hizmet News