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July 24, 2016 7:05 pm

Like Stalin, Erdogan Likely to Be Left With No Personnel to Run, Defend Country, Israeli Expert Says

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A street demonstration against the failed coup in Turkey. Photo: Wikipedia.

A street demonstration against the coup attempt in Turkey. Photo: Wikipedia.

Like infamous Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in the wake of massive purges of perceived opponents, Turkey’s leader is liable to find himself in a predicament of the double-edged-sword variety — in the form of a severe shortage of professional manpower to run the country, an expert told the Hebrew news site Walla on Sunday.

Referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ousting – so far — of more than 60,000 members of the government, the military, the police, academia, the media, the judiciary, the religious establishment and even the sports world, a Turkish-studies professor at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University said that Ankara’s greatest problem in the coming months will be rebuilding the country’s mechanisms practically from scratch.

Prof. Dror Ze’evi explained: “The public sector will crash. The education system, the judicial system, and [others] will be dealt a heavy blow… And the people Erdogan instates will be far less familiar with the areas they will be charged with handling and have no experience.”

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According to Ze’evi, this kind of purging — in the name of internal and national security, following last weekend’s failed coup — is reminiscent of 1930s Soviet Russia. Stalin’s purges weakened the military and strengthened Nazi Germany’s resolve to launch a war. Inexperienced commanders were no match for Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht, and if not for Russia’s huge size and endless numbers of expendable soldiers, the USSR could not have emerged victorious.

In Turkey’s case, he said, with an asymmetrical terror war going on, a lack of seasoned military professionals is likely to have a negative effect on Ankara’s ability to bolster security and defense.

“Erdogan is motivated by paranoia, convinced that there are traitors everywhere in the system, even when it‘s not true,” Ze’evi told Walla. He added that Ankara’s already troubled relations with Washington will improve or deteriorate depending on whether the US agrees to extradite self-exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Muhammed Fethullah Gülen to Turkey.

Turning Gülen into “Public Enemy No. 1” will make it easier for Erdogan to create a “new” Turkey in his own image and spirit, said Ze’evi, completely negating the movement of Turkish Republic founder Kemal Atatürk.

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  • Banknote

    Turkey will become just another parking lot in the Middle East, like Iraq, like Syria.

  • Erdogan is a VERY VERY EVIL being! Untrustworthy. A hardcore Sunni intent on being caliph of the world. Regardless of any deal with Israel, his passion is to DESTROY ISRAEL. I have often observed Israel appears eager to be destroyed. My passion is FOR Israel, for years, thats why I blog online – to get TRUTH out. Some news from Israel angers me – WHY to you volunteer to die!? Example – giving Gaza to the terrorists!

    The USA IS NOT YOUR GOD!!!!!!!!!!
    YHVH IS!

    AMEN

    shep

  • Lia

    Time for Mr Gulen to disappear, for the USA will extradite him to keep on the good side of Mr Erdogan (Mr Obama’s best friend in the Middle East).

    • Reform School

      Dumbocrat Hussein Obama will try to wait until after the November election to hand Fathullah Gulen (the Muslim of Peace) to his jihadi co-conspirator Recipe WeirdoOne. Why should he expose his hand? Why wake Liberals from their la-la-land, dream-sleepy willful blindness to his and Hillary’s REAL plan for them. With no limit to the illogic a gradually-hypnotized brain will leap through, it may not be needed, but why upset the apple cart?

  • Brian Richard Allen

    …. if not for (the Soviet Union’s) huge size and endless numbers of expendable soldiers, the USSR could not have “emerged victorious” …..

    If not for the traitor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (2016-equivalent) Trillions of America’s Dollars – and including::

    Aircraft………………………..14,795
    Tanks……………………………7,056
    Jeeps…………………………..51,503
    Trucks…………………………375,883
    Motorcycles……………………..35,170
    Tractors…………………………8,071
    Artillery Pieces………………….8,218
    Machine guns……………………131,633
    Explosives……………………..345,735 tons
    Building equipment valued…….$10,910,000
    Railroad freight cars…………….11,155
    Locomotives………………………1,981
    Cargo ships…………………………90
    Submarine hunters…………………..105
    Torpedo boats………………………197
    Ship engines……………………..7,784
    Food supplies…………………4,478,000 tons
    Machines and equipment…….$1,078,965,000
    Non-iron metals………………….802,000 tons
    Petroleum products…………….2,670,000 tons
    Chemicals………………………842,000 tons
    Cotton……………………..106,893,000 tons
    Leather…………………………49,860 tons
    Tires………………………..3,786,000
    Army boots…………………..15,417,000 pairs.

    And the there was that Roosevelt signed over all of easter Europe to his “Uncle Joe” and empowered Stalin directly and the monstrous Mao indirectly in ways that have forever altered the course of history and that led directly and/or indirectly to the enslavement through generations since of billions and to the deaths of scores of millions!

    Some “victorious!”

    Brian Richard Allen

  • stevenl

    Mad!

  • Carol

    This is quite easy to believe. The educated class are from the more secular strata of Turkey. Erdogan may succeed in making his country into one of those many Islamic failed states, as he cuts off his nose to spite his face.

    I think the EU can see Turkey’s Islamist trajectory and is probably breathing a big sigh of relief that it didn’t let Turkey in. Of course with all the terrorist attacks, the EU may itself be accelerating towards some smaller, weaker version.

    I do believe that it’s more than high time to get Turkey out of NATO. That was a far different Turkey then, in a former threatening Soviet world than now.

    We also need to get our nuclear and other dangerous-in-the-hands of Islamist assets out of Turkey, so G-d forbid, they will not be some crazy Islamist groups material for making a dirty bomb.

    • armen

      I wholeheartedly agree with you in regards to NATO and Turkey. High time indeed!

  • Gulen should leave the USA immediately to avoid extradition from there.

  • A Simple Jew

    Erdogan is your typical tin-pot dictator, like Mussolini or Kaddafi, etc. He doesn’t mind ruining his country to protect his rule. Until he’s gone, Turkey will continue to sink.

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