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Published On: Sat, Jan 2nd, 2016

Hitler: Erdogan’s Role Model

Recep-Tayyip-Erdogan-300x200 - turkeyTND Guest Contributor: Stephen Lendman
Erdogan heads a fascist police state. As a valued NATO member, Washington ignores his domestic crimes, uses its regime to advance its imperial objectives.
On Thursday on return from Saudi Arabia, he was asked if a presidential system is compatible with Turkey’s unitary structure.
“There are examples around the world,” he said, including earlier in “Hitler’s Germany,” citing the Nazi regime perhaps as his ideal way to run Turkey, saying he wants things more streamlined for more effective decision-making – code language for wanting iron-fisted rule, all challengers and critics eliminated.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lied, saying “(w)hat is right for Turkey is to adopt the presidential system” – with a phony democratic facade, he stopped short of explaining.
Claiming “dictatorship” won’t follow belies Turkey’s current state. Erdogan wants new constitutional powers under a presidential system affording him unchallenged power.
Opposition parties condemn his power-grabbing scheme, his rage for one-man rule – with no parliamentary oversight or opposition, the way Hitler ruled Nazi Germany.
Opposition Cumhuriyet broadsheet journalist Ceyda Karan believes Erdogan will force a hardline presidential system, achieving it his strategy for dictatorial rule.
Social and Political History Professor Ronald Suny calls his scheme “dangerous” with millions of Turks fundamentally opposed, risking inflammatory conditions – a prescription for possible “civil war” besides all else ongoing regionally.
Erdogan is systematically solidifying his power grab, imprisoning political opponents and critics.
On New Year’s eve, an Istanbul rubber-stamp court sentenced former AKP ruling party Turkish lawmaker Feyzi Isbasaran to nearly three years imprisonment – for critical regime tweets.
Opposition CHP parliamentarian  Eren Erdem faces treason charges for exposing sarin gas shipments to ISIS via Turkish territory, Ankara doing nothing to stop it.
Erdogan supports terrorism while claiming to combat it, supplying arms, munitions, training and safe haven areas for ISIS and other takfiri terrorists – allied with Washington’s imperial agenda for his own self-interest.
Now he wants unchallenged tyrannical powers under the mantle of presidential rule, Ankara’s constitution rewritten to oblige him. Critics strongly oppose his power-grabbing scheme.
Turkey enjoyed nearly 140 years of parliamentary governance – despite four military coups and execution of a prime minister. It never took steps to shift to iron-fisted one-man presidential rule.
Citing Adolph Hitler as a leader governing effectively this way shows his desire to emulate one of history’s greatest criminals – a prescription for greater regional war than already, maybe direct confrontation with Russia.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or achived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.  His other books include, “Banker Occupation:  Waging Financial War On Humanity,” “How Wall Street Fleeces America:  Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War,” and “The Iraq Quagmire: The Price of Imperial Arrogance.

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