- 3 years, 7 months ago
Long before Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in self-imposed exile on 1857, Mt.Eaton Road in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, last night and again today of being the "terrorist" mastermind behind Friday's failed coup attempt and demanding - unofficially, on prime time TV but not via diplomatic channels - that the US extradite the 77 year old, he was doing precisely that. For years, Erdogan had used the cleric as a scapegoat punching bag, who had somehow managed to create an entire "parallel state" in Turkey which was just waiting for its opportunity to pounce and snatch Turkey from Erdogan. Hence the perpetual (fake) fear of coups. Hence the public displays of (fake) paranoia. Hence the relentless - and all too real - concentration of power.