HAIFA, Israel — In 2015 column on Turkey, I wrote: “At the point that chaos threatens, the army will step in and take over”.
Well, the army stepped in nine months later, but did not take over. The recent coup attempt was so badly planned and executed that it beggars belief.
If the head of the regime you wish to overthrow is vacationing in a town on the coast, the number one task is to neutralize him, then go on with the rest of the operation. This was not done, despite the apparent fact that rebel fighter planes later had his aircraft in sight on its way to Istanbul, but failed to shoot it down.
President Erdogan, using a social media network, rallied his supporters while the coup plotters failed to rally anyone. This is very strange, since the Kemalists, the alevis, the Gulenists and the Kurds, taken together represent about half the population, detest him.
Other criticisms of the coup could be written about and may be, when I publish ‘Coups d’etat for Dummies’, but for the time being it is sufficient that it failed.
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