It is the morning after a bloody night in Turkey. Analysis will be written, interviews will be made, and we in the Western world will soon return to the way more interesting Pokemon hunt.
And just before we say goodbye to another minor disturbance of the Force, just before the Dark Side prevails again, just before everything is forgotten, and just before what happened this night in Turkey is declared as a minor incident at the outskirts of the Galaxy, I would like to spread some breadcrumbs leading to memories of what I felt and thought during these insignificant for the human history hours - just for my own satisfaction. Perhaps one day I'll be able to point out these few thoughts to the very few readers of mine saying “I told you so”.
1. First and foremost, it is more than obvious that we observe the beginning of the end of Turkey as we know it. I will be very surprised if after about 50 years (or less) there will be a state within the borders we know today. The coup was badly prepared and did not take into account the long years of massive Erdogan propaganda machine. But it shows also cracks in the turkish military. This means only one thing - they do not protect any more the Ataturk’s heritage, but represent mostly foreign to the country influences. I can “smell” the foul-doings and even fouler promises of both Russia and US (Europe is to disorganised to try to influence anything). But most importantly, no other major world player needs strong Turkey any more, yet every world wannabe-power has some pity interest - US and Russia obviously have some extra defence budget to spear, Europe hopes to see Turkey as an immigration saviour, all Arab countries and Iran see the fall of Turkey as a pay-off day for past Othman rule, and China thinks of Turkey as an annoying political kiddie that tries to mess up her plans to access the region’s natural resources. By the end of last April I wrote to a friend after the failed Azerbaijan invasion of Armenia (where only a blind man could not see the long hand of the Turkish army), that I am afraid this army is not even able to protect it’s own borders. I had no idea how right I was! (Just to be clear - as a half Armenian, I was of course terrified by the prospect of a new Armenian-Azerbaijan war, but the laughable support the Turkish army offered to Azerbaijan was even more remarkable).
2. Even in a country, where democracy was never written with a capital “D”, the brutal and obvious violation of basic human rights for free self expression, the censorship, the state control of the media, the insane witch-hunt of critical to Erdogan’s regime Turkish and foreign journalists, and the attempt of systematic brainwashing of the young educated people will eventually backfire. Recently we have seen it in almost all of Eastern Europe, in Myanmar and the movement leadby Aung San Suu Kyi, in few countries of Central and Latin Americas, and of course - in recent years, in the countries of the Arab Spring. This subject is of course very dear to my own heart - in Bulgaria the media is anything but free and uncontrolled. So, Bulgarian kleptocrats - take a notice!
3. On my Facebook wall I wrote: “Irony: a dictator forbids Twitter and Facebook. Then he asks his supporters to go out on the streets .... by tweeting and FaceTime-ing from his iPhone.” The truth is simple - no dictator can own the internet! (For the sake of the argument I would like to add, that also no corporation or government can own it). So, dear dictators, do not even try to own or control the internet! Just during the last few hours I managed to open VPN tunnels to several friends in Turkey and they were tweeting like mad. And if you see the map of tweeters, Facebook streamers, etc. no army or security service can block the internet, so please pity small stupid men in uniform, do not waste your time to try to block the net. You lost before you started!
4. The politicians in Turkey (ruling or opposition) and elsewhere are just small, powerless, puppets representing someone’s interest in exchange of well stocked bank accounts and a little bit of ego-massaging. I am aware that I am not making a groundbreaking discovery, but it was really striking that every single politician inside Turkey or a “powerful” leader of the free world did not dare to express her or his support to any of the fighting parties until the battle was over. Then everyone declared, that they support the “democratically” elected government. A political Circus Grandeur!
5. The role of the media… What media? There is no media! There are few sad ruins of once proud and independent media. Their only valuable asset left is the ability to stream for money. No matter what you stream - the important equation is: bits are flowing in one direction, coins in the other! A prominent example from the last night - CNN. Till few hours ago blacklisted by the Erdogan’s regime. During this night happily blasting his propaganda using all the bandwidth available - FaceTime, Twitter - what a shame! Who cares that tomorrow they will be blacklisted again - shareholders are happy…
24 hours ago Turkey was a failing country pretending to be a democracy. This morning Turkey is ruledby the iron fist of Sultan Erdogan, whose powers will be of a dwarf, and his country shrinking and disintegrating. Thanks to the hormonal imbalance of Turkish men with big ego and small brains combined with idiotic selfish shortsighted interest of Europe, US, and Russia we will see the Lebanisation of Turkey. We will see the creation of Kurdistan. We will see more terror, more blasts, shootings, bombs, bloodbaths… As a Bulgarian, I want to see a strong, prosperous, democratic, and secular Turkey, but now this is just a wishful thinking. The only silver-lining for me - the old Armenian capital Ani might one day be Armenian again.