Turkish Enigma: How will it bring the Coup plotters to book?

It is pertinent to say that the failed coup attempts do not necessarily imply that those were not well-planned.

Turkish Enigma: How will it bring the Coup plotters to book?

Mohammad Pervez Bilgrami-India

Coup d’états in major countries are usually being plotted outside, orchestrated inside and executed by local agents and foot soldiers on behalf of their masters sitting outside the country. The nucleus of the mid- July failed coup attempt in Turkey was also not different from that of the previous successful coups in the country and also in other parts of the region. Only the process and technique adopted in this particular coup attempt was different from previous ones since the military chain of command was not involved in the scheme.

The plotters, after having miserably failed to dislodge the democratically elected government in Turkey through the well-planned Gezi park protests turning into riots and again on December 17 and December 25 graft operations, devised their last option. The July 15-16 coup attempt was literally the last resort for Fetullah Gulen and the superior minds behind him to get rid of Turkey’s democratically elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AK Party government.

It is pertinent to say that the failed coup attempts do not necessarily imply that those were not well-planned. Not so often but the carefully orchestrated and meticulously executed designs also go awry.

Soon after thwarting the coup attempt led by small but highly secretive criminals within the armed forces and other state institutions, Turkey has started taking firm actions against the coup perpetrators. Turkey has quickly initiated a wide scale purging of state institutions from the perpetrators and sympathizers of the ring leader Fetullah Gulen living in US under the protection of CIA and other American agencies. The question now arising is: Will Turkey be able to take legal action against Fetulah Gulen and other coup plotters living in US, Europe and in a few regional countries.

Though Turkey has kept the pressure up on US to extradite Gulen, US seems in no mood to handover Gulen to Turkey, a longtime CIA asset. It is true that after the failed coup attempt, Gulen wil be of no use to US but he knows a lot about CIA-Pentagon operations in Turkey and elsewhere. Americans have already used Gulen maximally, and they also know that the presence of fully-used Gulen in US will only harm their relations with Turkey.

Abandoning Gulen means harming immensely the US reputation as a protector of its cultivated agents and that will unnerve many stooges in the region. There are many US and western agents in the region who are following the Turkey-US disenchantment very closely.

Gulen has been living in US since 1999 in a Self-imposed exile. Gulen’s ambition to rule Turkey as an undisputed leader was cultivated by the CIA during his long stay in the US. Handing over Gulen alive to Turkey will be like giving a master undercover agent with a lot of strategic information. Gulen will unravel the names that US does not want the Turks and the world to know. In the present circumstances when Turkey is adamant to catch the ring-leader of the coup and US seems unwilling to cooperate, the question arising is whether US would abandon Turkey, a vital regional power and a key swing state in the Eurasian region. This is undoubtedly one of the biggest tests of American foreign policy in the recent times. The situation is emerging in a way that it would not depend on how much Americans will bend; it will be for the Turks to decide how much concession they are willing to offer the Americans that serve their national interests as well as their regional policies.

Another danger for US and Europeans is that the repatriation of Gulen from US as demanded by Turkey will open the door for extradition of many more plotters, accomplices and saboteurs living in the US and in other European cities. Many European cities have now become the operation theaters for planning and executing the most horrific acts of terror in Turkey.

Even before the failed coup attempt, Turkey had been demanding for the extradition of many PKK, DHKPS and other terrorists and criminals who have been enjoying asylum and protection in many EU countries. The very important case of repatriation of coup soldiers involving Turkey’s neighbour and EU member Greece will apparently set the path for EU approach on extradition to Turkey. Turkey demands Greece to extradite the eight coupist Turkish soldiers who fled their country on July 16, the morning after the failed coup attempt. Theses soldiers are seeking asylum in Greece and the Greek court has already started the hearing of their asylum request.

One of the most puzzling questions now being faced by Turkey is how to bring back many of its diplomatic staff, military attachés and some active military officers presently engaged in different NATO missions. They have not so far heeded the call to return-order from their respective ministries in Turkey, and many of them are looking for asylum in US and European countries for the obvious reasons. The modus to resolve this most sensitive issue will, however, depend on the behavior of US-EU and their choice on the future strategic relationship pattern vis-à-vis Turkey. Further, in the arising situation, the Americans are also faced with the no less puzzling question emanating from the Russian factor that is gaining ground against the geo-political designs of the US as well as the European Union.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2016, 14:41