In the chaotic moments and endless news feed about the Turkish coup, it became clear that Washington and the West did not support Erdogan.
After Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi and Viktor Yanukovych it was now time to get rid of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. According to the Daily Sabah the coup was linked to the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which has its leadership based in Washington.
The day after the failed coup, Western-based media tried to contain the damage and hurried to proclaim: “NATO Allies Rally Behind Erdogan as Turkish Coup Splits Military.1)NATO Allies Rally Behind Erdogan as Turkish Coup Splits Military Source Bloomberg 2016-07-16” They did not!
On Friday when the situation was very chaotic the White House website stated “The President spoke tonight by phone with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the events in Turkey. The President and Secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected Government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed. The Secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey. The President asked the Secretary to continue to keep him updated as the situation unfolds.” 2)Readout of the President’s Call with Secretary John Kerry Source The White Houes 2016-07-15
The announcement was purposefully vague nor was it made by the president himself; in the text of the White House, there was no reference or any direct support for Erdogan or outright condemnation of the coup. The “democratically-elected Government” as stated in the announcement does not include Erdogan as President. Of course, if the White House did support the democracy, the text should read: “democratically-elected Government and the President.”
The coup leaders said they’d done so in the name of protecting democracy, and this is in line with the statement of the White House.
Mr Juncker also refrains from condemning the coup as he tweeted:
“EU supports #Turkey’s democratically elected gov, institutions & #ruleOfLaw. Call for a return to constitutional order.“3)Obama, Merkel urge all parties in Turkey to respect democratically-elected gov’t Source Daily Sabah 2016-07-16 This Tweet was in line with the official military statement that said: “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged.” 4)Turkey coup attempt: Military claims to have taken over as President says he will defend government Source Independent 2016-07-16
Steffen Seibert, the spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said that Berlin was supporting the “elected government”5)Germany supports elected government in Turkey, Merkel’s spokesman says Source Reuters 2016-07-16 in Turkey, without reference to the Turkish President Erdogan or condemnation of the coup!
One get the impression that the Western Governments coordinated their statements with Turkey’s coup perpetrators.
The condemnation from Qatar was crystal clear as Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said: “The state of Qatar expressed its strong denunciation and condemnation of the military coup attempt, lawlessness, and violation of the constitutional legitimacy in the Republic of Turkey,”6)Qatar denounces military coup attempt in Turkey Source Reuters 2016-07-16
Secretary General of the Council of Europe (an organisation that should not be confused with the European Union) Thorbørn Jagland also condemned the coup attempt, saying: Any attempt to overthrow the democratically elected leaders in a member state of the Council of Europe is unacceptable7)Obama, Merkel urge all parties in Turkey to respect democratically-elected gov’t Source Daily Sabah 2016-07-16. But this condemnation was in none of the Western statements. The US, Berlin and Brussels issued statements that were for all intents and purposes very much ambiguous and as such might as well be interpreted in support of the coup if it suceeded.
In the coming days, the Western leaders and mainstream media will try to contain the damage. Without any doubt, the lack of support has been noticed in Ankara, and there will be consequences.
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|1.||↑||NATO Allies Rally Behind Erdogan as Turkish Coup Splits Military Source Bloomberg 2016-07-16|
|2.||↑||Readout of the President’s Call with Secretary John Kerry Source The White Houes 2016-07-15|
|3, 7.||↑||Obama, Merkel urge all parties in Turkey to respect democratically-elected gov’t Source Daily Sabah 2016-07-16|
|4.||↑||Turkey coup attempt: Military claims to have taken over as President says he will defend government Source Independent 2016-07-16|
|5.||↑||Germany supports elected government in Turkey, Merkel’s spokesman says Source Reuters 2016-07-16|
|6.||↑||Qatar denounces military coup attempt in Turkey Source Reuters 2016-07-16|