Ergodan’s Purge (Including Over 15,000 University Staff Sacked) May Cause NATO to Expel Turkey

Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Corruption, Government, Military with 21 Comments


By Con Coughlin | The Telegraph

Ever since Turkey joined Nato in 1952, its membership has been viewed as a vital bulwark in the defence of Europe against threats emanating from Russia and the Arab world.

During the Cold War, the fact that American bombers could be flying over the former Soviet Union within an hour of take-off from their Turkish bases meant the other alliance members were unswerving in the commitment to keep Turkey in Nato.

More recently the country’s proximity to the bitter conflicts raging in Iraq and Syria has again emphasised the importance of keeping Turkey within the Nato fold, especially in view of the new terror threat caused by the creation of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Turkey’s pivotal geographical location is also the reason the US airbase at Incirlik in southern Turkey remains home to Nato’s largest nuclear weapons facility. Built by the US Army Corps of Engineers at the height of the Cold War, the facility still holds 50 B61 hydrogen bombs – each one capable of generating an explosive force 100 times greater than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

So the fact that Washington now talks openly about the possibility of suspending Turkey’s Nato membership shows just how badly relations between Ankara and its Western allies have deteriorated since last week’s ill-fated military coup.

Questions about Turkey’s continued Nato membership have been raised following the nationwide crackdown implemented by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Profile | Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Age: 62
Rize, north-east Turkey
Married to:
Emine Erdogan since 1978. They have four children; two girls, two boys.
Previous career:
Semi-professional footballer

Who is he?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is Turkey’s first directly elected president and former prime minister. He is also the founder of the most successful Turkish party in the 21st century.

Political career

  • 1994: Mr Erdogan had his first taste of power when elected mayor of Istanbul – the first Islamist in the role
  • 1997: Served four months of a 10 month sentence for inciting religious hatred after publicly reading a poem by Ottoman Islamist poet Ziya Gőkalp
  • 2001: Co-founded Turkey’s current largest party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP)
  • 2002 – 2014: Served as Turkey’s prime minister, winning three elections, and only resigned due to party rules which forbade him from leading the party for more than three terms
  • 2014: Elected president, with 52 per cent of the vote
  • 2016: On 15 July, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım confirmed a coup d'état attempt by Turkish military servicemen. Mr Erdogan, on holiday at the time, urged Turkish people to take to the streets to reject the coup


Around 2,000 people, including teenage schoolchildren, have been prosecuted for insulting the president and journalists have also been put on trial since he came to office in 2014.

As prime minister, he sanctioned brutal state crackdown on mass protests in Istanbul, focused on Gezi Park in the summer of 2013.

Last week’s coup by a group of disgruntled military officers may have ended in abject failure, but another coup, one undertaken by Erdogan loyalists, is now in full swing against those deemed to be opponents of the president’s increasingly authoritarian style of government.

Yesterday it was the turn of the country’s education establishment to suffer the nationwide purge that has already seen thousands of military personnel, police and lawyers either jailed or sacked. More than 15,000 university staff were suspended over claims they backed Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric accused of plotting Friday’s uprising, while 1,500 university dons have been ordered to tender their resignations.

The Americans have also had their own taste of what it is like to be on the receiving end of one of Mr Erdogan’s vengeful tantrums. First they were accused of supporting the plotters, then Washington faced a major security alert after the Turks cut the electricity supply to the Incirlik base, a potentially disastrous development given the sensitivity of the munitions that are stored there.

This prompted John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, to warn that Turkey faced suspension from Nato if it persisted with its ruthless purge. Membership of Nato requires countries to uphold certain democratic principles, and Mr Kerry said the US “will measure very carefully what is happening” in Turkey. “The level of vigilance and scrutiny is obviously going to be significant in the days ahead.”

Mr Erdogan’s undoubted enthusiasm for crushing the last vestiges of dissent against his totalitarian style has even prompted suggestions that the president was already planning the purge prior to the coup, which would explain why lists of those to be detained were so readily available once the coup failed.


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  1. Wendy Jowett Wendy Jowett says:

    Hitler comes to mind

  2. Jim Brakken Jim Brakken says:

    Can you say…overkill?

  3. Erik Albert Erik Albert says:

    Turkey is a good example why tolerating sovereign countries borders absolute insanity. Without one single exception, terribly local politics can no longer cope with the rather complex requierements of global citizens. You urgently need a visible planetary council.

  4. It is not of our business to interfere whit this dramatic situation. Should Russia or China come here to free us from corporation’s abuse?

  5. Faruk Kasum Faruk Kasum says:

    Mind their own damn business

  6. Ned Gayer Ned Gayer says:

    mind there own business for once for gods sake

  7. What they should do is stop existing! !!

  8. David LeDuc David LeDuc says:

    It was a Staged event….

  9. Kim Rice Kim Rice says:

    Most don’t know it yet, but the U.S. particularly and the world in general would’ve been better off if the coup had succeeded. They were attempting to return the country to its secular origins. Ergodan is an Islamic Dictator, gradually taking more and more power for himself, committing genocide against the Kurds, and giving support to ISIS. Too bad…

  10. Alex Crouch Alex Crouch says:

    The second that NATO eject these narrow minded heathens, Russia will flatten them even further into the stone age

  11. Dale Koch Dale Koch says:

    I think that the US needs to leave Nato. AND the UN.

  12. Should keep theier eyes ears shut as they do on masacre of million innocent lives killed in syria every day . Turkey needs this step to protect their nation . almighty protect turkey also from evil such evil.

  13. Krishna Nath Krishna Nath says:

    To purge, one doesn’t have to go on a ranpage.

  14. Under compulsion NATO and USA will simply look on and are not a position to do any damn thing

  15. they have no reason to do anything in the first place , its a country local issues , why they should meddle

  16. u know why people immigrate , coss they not treated properly ,,so don’t change your country change your government love and peace

  17. Mind there fxxcking business to each their own

  18. Didn’t turkey win some prize for being the most peaceful nation?

  19.' Saul Kucharski says:

    Turkish prime minister says ‘investigation is continuing’ as 1,700 officers discharged from military and dozens of media outlets shut down Fear abounds amid the president’s purge ‘in defence of democracy’. Yet there’s still resistance in the streets

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