…are not, and never have been, within my areas of expertise. Military Coups always happened in far away, unpronounceable places and were instigated by groups which I had never heard of. As I remember, they had varying degrees of success and my parents narrowly missed the one in Czechoslovakia in the 60’s.
However, there’s something about this coup , or attempted coup, which doesn’t feel right, if, indeed, one can ever feel comfortable with these situations. I am aware that many people lost their lives and my heartfelt condolences go to those affected. (I was going to round off that last sentence with the words “as always”, but that would have implied that these things are “normal” , whilst the loss of innocent lives in this manner is anything but normal.)
I watched, perhaps with some morbid curiosity, as things unfolded, until around midnight GMT. When I rose in the morning , it was all but over and the Turkish government was back in control of the situation. On reading some of the reports, I noticed that a helicopter which was carrying some of the coup members had been shot down by an F-16 fighter jet. I don’t know if anyone else remembers , but there was video footage and reports of F-16s flying overhead at the beginning of the coup, whilst tanks and soldiers patrolled the streets and blocked the main bridge over the Bosphorus. This gave the impression that the Air Force were on the side of the insurgents and that they had control of the air as well as the ground.
I guess a rogue , Erdogan supporting pilot, must have managed to steal a plane from somewhere, which resulted in the demise of the helicopter.
If I were to organise a coup (which I won’t anytime soon), I would have someone check the diaries of the government ministers whom I wished to arrest, and make sure they were going to be where I could detain and arrest them all at the same time. But Erdogan was at the seaside on his jolly holidays. In Turkey , of all places. If I was the President of a large Country with a private jet at my disposal, I don’t think Turkey would be my first choice of the perfect holiday destination.
However, this meant that he (Erdogan) was close enough to mobilise the citizens of his country via a cell phone link (how did we ever manage without them?), then return tout de suite to assume his rightful place as head of his country and returning hero. Some have said this will only do him good and increase his standing in the country. Some say the opposite and that this will give him the chance to force through unpopular reforms, which will now be unopposed. Whichever, I smell a rat, and the faint odour of martial law.
What do I know? I just sit here in my comfy chair and speculate and write about how I see certain situations. If I see things in this way, its almost guaranteed that others will be seeing the same, and somewhere, just somewhere, there may be a grain of truth in our observations. Meanwhile, we can sleep safe and sound in the knowledge that our cell phones are preventing tyranny and protecting our countries from being overthrown by heinous plots against our esteemed incumbent politicians.
…more to come
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