Last month I referred here to Ralph Peter's article warning "Here comes the real caliphate." And now Rose Asani reveals here in The Spectator how Turkey's Erdogan is erasing the secular culture and returning to the Caliphate.
But it (Turkey) is also a country which appears to be diverting onto a new path. One much more familiar to the Ottoman Empire Ataturk so despised.
The new self-styling father of the nation is the one forging that course and he couldn’t be more at odds with Ataturk if he tried. For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a man with a vision of a state that has religion at its core, while democracy is being unpicked at the hem and it seems nobody can stop him. Since the botched 15 July coup he also appears to have the support of a wide-spectrum of political and public will to do as he so wishes. The State of Emergency legislation passed in the aftermath enshrines that in law. The balance of power has been tipped and poured firmly in his direction, something Erdogan has desired for years.
... Tens of thousands of people have been suspended or sacked from their jobs, detained, arrested and had their passports cancelled. Suspects can now be held for up to 30 days without charge, and many have had confessions beaten out of them. Meanwhile the President hosts drinks receptions (non-alcoholic of course) for the leaders of two of the opposition parties, where they all pander to his every whim.
... Next terrorism was re-defined. Journalists suddenly found themselves wondering what that meant. Could they too be accused for simply calling into question government policy? Yes, as it turned out. Newspapers which had been critical of Erdogan were taken-over, academics were arrested and finally legislation that gave MPs legal immunity was removed. Pro-Kurdish MPs (the HDP) could now face trial, an easy way of removing them and replacing them with more government friendly faces. Then all of Erdogan’s cards fell into place on the night of 15 July.
... Emotion is a mighty power; Erdogan knows this.
... The coup has enabled him to make his biggest play yet, removing the idea of Ataturk as the nation’s sole father. By doing this, he can harness that emotion and claim all he does is for the Turkish nation, his children. He can eradicate the western-orientated vision for Turkey, turning instead East, towards an Islamic Republic, where his heart truly lies. Ataturk was right about one thing, his body has turned to dust, but so to have the foundations of his Republic.