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The Islamist branch of Ergenekon?

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(…) now we even have reason to think that one does not have to be a secularist to join forces with Ergenekon. Last week, the “seventh wave” of arrests in the Ergenekon case took place, and among the detained were the editors of a marginal monthly called “Milli Çözüm” or, The National Solution. Based in the conservative city of Konya, this was clearly an Islamist magazine, but was also staunchly nationalist and militarist.

Few Turks would know that this magazine even exists, but I was among the privileged for a good reason: The print edition has been mailed to me for quite a while, although I never subscribed to and paid for it. If it were mailed to me, it was probably mailed to others as well. And that implies that somebody must have given some considerable amount of money to this publication. In Turkey, such magazines often hardly make ends meet. Having enough money to throw away for such a marginal periodical points out to some extra-journalistic source of finance.

The real gem is the content of Milli Çözüm. It is a very curious blend of anti-Western radical Islamism and Kemalist militarism. The cover of its current July issue presents a must-see cartoon: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a donkey and the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is riding him. There is also a quote from Olmert, who is called “the arch-terrorist of Zionist Israel”. “I am thankful to Erdoğan” Olmert reportedly said, “He helps me a lot.”

The Islamist branch of Ergenekon? – Turkish Daily News Jul 26, 2008.

I wonder… this is interesting but could it be a way to discredit the Kemalists fighting against Erdogan’s AKP islamization?

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Written by Claudia

July 27, 2008 at 11:50 pm

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