Turkey: Failed National Renegades, yet with a Coup-Like Upshot
04 July 2016
By Tariq Alhomayed
As the number of detainees and discharged personnel at Turkey's security
institutions, both police and army- also in sectors of jurisdiction and
education- increase amidst a recently announced three-month state of
emergency, all mixed with Turkish-European tensions, it is safe to say that
despite the insurgents failing, the coup in the overview has succeeded.
It is perfectly ordinary for the Turkish administration to take on serious
action against the failed insurgency. Nonetheless, for the government, namely
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it remains unclear how the support displayed
by all Turkish parties for the current administration is going unnoticed and
Not only Erdogan supporters stood against the attempted coup d'état, but all
components to the Turkish society had taken a stance against the plotted
insurgency—hence the Turkish government should have dealt with the coup's
aftermath with an all-inclusive and unified approach. Instead, the measures
taken have raised national and foreign doubts endangering Turkey's
Erdogan had the chance to become Turkey's modern day defender—however, he had
favored rage over wisdom!
Erdogan's action gave validity to the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)
spokesman to come back arguing that had the coup been successful it would be
implementing the same exact measures the Turkish president is, as it was
reported by Turkish columnist Elif Safak at her article written for the
It was perfectly within the lines of norm for the state-opposing Turkish
People's Party Deputy Ozgur Ozil to describe the raised state of emergency a
''civilian-staged coup d'état'' taken on against the parliament.
The state of emergency announced by Erdogan was considered very unthankful to
the deputies who had gathered at parliament to reject and stand against the
On drawn parallels, had the guerrillas succeeded in their plots they would
have carried out similar measures as to those taken by Erdogan, especially on
redefining the structure of army hierarchy. The restructuring of Turkey's
military is bound to become an issue spiraling out of control.
On that note, one of Turkey's officials said that prohibiting religious
citizens and graduates of Islamic institutions to join the army had not served
in thwarting the infiltration of followers of the U.S.-based preacher
Fethullah Gulen to the national military.
The official said that the bar will be reconsidered, which raises the future
possibility of scholars at Islamic institutions being allowed to join the army
All things considered, the Turkish government's response to the failed coup
attempt is a counter-coup itself, and a game changer to Turkish political
policy. Despite a great deal of opposition forces siding with Erdogan,
levelheadedness and prudence were not favored when it came to government
With balance thrown off, the wrong move would threaten Turkey's civil peace
and regional stability alike. If Turkey's stability is compromised, the
consequences would be great on a regional scale.
One cannot hold the rhetoric used by the opposition against them. Drawing
comparisons with the coup's vision and current actions of Erdogan's
administration is highly plausible— should the insurgency have proven
successful, Gulen's followers would also endorse the mission on Turkey being
purged from Erdogan supporters, and would have subsequently put a spoke in the
wheel of secularism and civil livelihood.
The overriding concern now, with it proving very difficult to spot optimism on
Ankara swiftly moving out the trenches of this crisis, is that we are heading
towards a greatly-cautioned toppling of the regional balance of power.
Tariq Alhomayed is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat. Mr.
Alhomyed has been a guest analyst and commentator on numerous news and current
affair programs, and during his distinguished career has held numerous
positions at Asharq Al-Awsat, amongst other newspapers. Notably, he was the
first journalist to interview Osama Bin Ladin's mother. Mr. Alhomayed holds a
bachelor's degree in media studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.
He is based in London.