Today, a part of the Turkish military, led by a colonel linked to Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic cleric who lives in Pennsylvania USA, attempted a coup d’état, whilst the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was away on holiday.
For a few hours, soldiers and tanks poured into locations across Ankara and Istanbul, the state broadcaster went off air, F-16s screeched in the skies, tanks blasted the nation’s parliament building in one firefight with police, and military helicopters opened fire on police special forces and MIT, Turkish Intelligence.
The coup leaders arrested the military chief of staff, declared a curfew, and claimed publicly they had seized power from the government.
Then, Erdogan appeared on CNN-Turk through FaceTime, and described the actions as an attempted uprising by a minority within the armed forces. He called on the Turkish people to ignore the curfew and take to the streets. Subsequently, the minarets of mosques did the same.
Gradually, people gathered in the streets, and the coup fell apart: protesters jumped onto tanks; an F-16 shot down a Sikorsky military helicopter; and soldiers surrendered to police.
5 hours after it started, the coup was over. It failed.
It was all reminiscent of the movie Valkyrie (2008).
A colonel challenges der Führer (the leader), without success.
Erdogan described the attempted coup as “a gift from Allah”: he vowed to purge the Turkish military of all who oppose him. Seems, Erdogan has been given the opportunity to Islamise the Turkish military – to do away with the secularism of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk – something he has been wanting to do for a while.
Clearly, Erdogan is the biblical king of the north.
The beast with 7 heads and 10 horns is rising. War is at hand.