Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bad News In Turkey - All Military Chiefs Resign In Protest Over Radical Islamic Governmental Regime

General Isik Kosaner lasted just under one year as Turkey's overall military chief


You know, there's always been a line of defense in Turkey that has held back the potential of a Iranian-style Islamic theocratic regime becoming totalitarian there and that is the highly secular military in the country. The Turkish military has always been charged with enforcing the secular constitution of Turkey. Well, after the Islamic party, AK, took over the reins of the country and since radical Prime Minister Erdogan have decided to take the country down the radical islamic road, the military has been under attack and now, after the latest bout of division and controversy, the head of all military in Turkey along with the heads of the army, navy and air force have all resigned.

From the report at the BBC:

The chief of the Turkish armed forces, Isik Kosaner, has resigned along with the army, navy and air force heads.

They were furious about the arrest of senior officers, accused of plotting, shortly before a round of military promotions.

A series of meetings between General Kosaner and PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed to resolve their differences.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul moved quickly to appoint General Necdet Ozel as the new army chief.

Gen Ozel is widely expected to be swiftly elevated to chief of the general staff in place of Gen Kosaner. Tradition dictates that only the head of the army can take over the top job.

There has been a history of tension between the secularist military and the governing AK party, with the two sides engaged in a war of words for the past two years over allegations that parts of the military had been plotting a coup.

What hangs in the balance here, folks, is quite literally Middle East peace. We have seen the tendency of Erdogan to side with radical islamic and terrorist elements in the Middle East but all along there is a Turkish military that forces Erdogan to look over his shoulder. Well, with these strong leaders now out of the picture, I'm afraid we might see some figureheads put in place that will look the other way.

Turkey has been teetering for months and months. This could very well be the point in time where the AK party decides to push their idea of a radical theocracy to the limits.



Turkey: Military chiefs resign en masse


The chief of the Turkish armed forces, Isik Kosaner, has resigned along with the army, navy and air force heads.

They were furious about the arrest of senior officers, accused of plotting, shortly before a round of military promotions.

A series of meetings between General Kosaner and PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed to resolve their differences.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul moved quickly to appoint General Necdet Ozel as the new army chief.

Gen Ozel is widely expected to be swiftly elevated to chief of the general staff in place of Gen Kosaner. Tradition dictates that only the head of the army can take over the top job.

There has been a history of tension between the secularist military and the governing AK party, with the two sides engaged in a war of words for the past two years over allegations that parts of the military had been plotting a coup.

Investigations into those allegations, known as the "Sledgehammer" conspiracy - appear to be the root cause of today's resignations, says the BBC's correspondent in Istanbul, with the senior military wanting to go ahead with scheduled annual promotions for some of the officers implicated - and the government refusing.

The Supreme Military Council, which will decide on promotions, is scheduled for next week.

The government says the top brass asked to retire.

But Gen Kosaner portrayed his resignation as a protest at the jailing of military officers in a variety of court cases.

"It has become impossible for me to continue in this high office, because I am unable to fulfil my responsibility to protect the rights of my personnel as the chief of general staff," Gen Kosaner told the Hurriyet news group.
'Sledgehammer'

Gen Kosaner and his senior commanders quit just hours after a court charged 22 suspects, including several generals and officers, with carrying out an internet campaign to undermine the government.

This case is the latest element of the protracted 'Sledgehammer' controversy - a coup plan allegedly presented at an army seminar in 2003.

Seventeen generals and admirals currently in line for promotion were among those jailed in the Sledgehammer prosecutions. Altogether nearly 200 officers were charged with conspiracy.

Twenty-eight servicemen will go on trial next month.

Gen Kosaner was appointed overall head of the Turkish armed forces just a year ago.

His appointment followed a period of intense friction between the government and the military over the Sledgehammer controversy.

At that point, the politicians vetoed the army's original choice for joint chief, Gen Hasan Igsiz, because he was implicated in the alleged plot.
Nato no comment

It reportedly involved plans to bomb mosques and provoke tensions with Greece, in order to spark political chaos and justify a military takeover.

The defendants have argued that the plot was a just theoretical scenario to help them plan for potential political unrest.

The dramatic mass resignation has particular resonance in Turkey, which endured a series of military coups from 1960 to 1980.

In 1997, an army-led campaign forced the resignation of the country's first Islamist-led government.

The joint resignation of military chiefs is thought to be unprecedented in Turkey, which is a Nato member.

In Brussels, a Nato spokeswoman declined to comment on the resignations.

1 comment:

Findalis said...

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is rolling in his grave. Ataturk's whole message was to get away from Islam and become a modern nation.

Instead they are running towards Islam and rejecting modern society.