Turkey’s Arab Spring
June 6, 2013 by Bob Livingston
There is a revolution growing in the Middle East you are not hearing about. The mainstream media are all but ignoring it, and there’s good reason. It’s not part of the plan. In fact, it threatens to upend the plans of the globalist elites running U.S. foreign policy in the region.
The Turkey uprising has been going on for a week. Unlike high-profile “Arab Spring” events in Egypt, Libya and Syria, this one is truly organic. It wasn’t instigated by the CIA and affiliated nongovernmental organizations. And it’s threatening the rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the U.S. puppet who has ruled the country since 2002.
Erdogan and President Barack Obama shake hands in the White House Rose Garden in May. Credit: UPI
The uprising began over the government’s decision to destroy a park in Istanbul and turn it into a shopping center. It grew after police cracked down on the protesters with tear gas and water cannons. It has grown beyond the park issue into a rejection of Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian rule, his crack down on press freedoms (hundreds of journalists have been imprisoned in recent years), Internet censorship and his pursuit of an Islamist agenda. In a television interview this week, Erdoğan described social media, including Twitter, as a “scourge”. But social media have taken on a particular importance as newspapers and television have come increasingly under the sway of government.
So far, two have died and more than 3,000 have been injured and dozens have been arrested in seven days of protests. Some in the Turkish government — like Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arnic — are apologizing for the heavy-handed tactics police have used against Turkish citizens. But Erdoğan appears to be getting desperate and has begun calling protesters looters, vandals and terrorists.
The CIA has been using Turkey to funnel arms to the so-called rebels (really al-Qaida terrorists) trying overthrow the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. If Turkey comes apart the region could explode. And as Turkey is a member of NATO, the U.S. will be drawn into another shooting war in a place we don’t belong.
The protest may fizzle out. But it may also grow. And world wars have begun over less significant incidents.