Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Too bad the coup in Turkey failed

Looks like the egomaniacal Erdogan is using the unsuccessful military coup as an excuse to…what’s the phrase?...ah, yes, “fundamentally transform” Turkey: “Erdogan Unleashes Unprecedented Crackdown: Fires All University Deans; Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers”.

So, what’s the next move? Reestablishing the sultanate?

Also, see this post by Mary Chastain at Legal Insurrection.


bruce said...

Some VDH-style resonances from old Constantinople:

"As Justinian rallied himself, he created a plan that involved Narses, a popular eunuch, as well as the generals Belisarius and Mundus. Carrying a bag of gold given to him by Justinian, the slightly built eunuch entered the Hippodrome alone and unarmed, against a murderous mob that had already killed hundreds. Narses went directly to the Blues' section, where he approached the important Blues and reminded them that Emperor Justinian supported them over the Greens. He also reminded them that the man they were crowning, Hypatius, was a Green. Then, he distributed the gold. The Blue leaders spoke quietly with each other and then they spoke to their followers. Then, in the middle of Hypatius's coronation, the Blues stormed out of the Hippodrome. The Greens sat, stunned. Then, Imperial troops led by Belisarius and Mundus stormed into the Hippodrome, killing the remaining rebels.

About thirty thousand rioters were reportedly killed.[4] Justinian also had Hypatius executed and exiled the senators who had supported the riot. He then rebuilt Constantinople and the Hagia Sophia, and was free to establish his rule. He was also free to pursue his ultimate dream of a united Roman Empire." (Sorry it's so long)

JeffS said...

The Ottoman Empire arises from the ashes of history, even more brutal than before.

RebeccaH said...

I happen to be reading a book titled "From Africanus" about that very subject, Bruce.

As Instapundit says, it wasn't a failed coup, it was a successful purge.