Why the world is worried about Turkey

Why the world is worried about Turkey

“I say this over and over again; this is
not a system that belongs to Tayyip Erdogan” It’s really never a good sign when
a person one refers to himself in the third person. “I am a mere mortal… i can die at any time.” and more importantly has to repeatedly deny that they’re a dictator. “Here we have an election, if you say a ballot box produces a dictatorship, then you are being unfair to the ballot box process”
On April 16, Turkey narrowly voted yes on a referendum that will dramatically reorganize the government. It allows changes that give sweeping powers to the President, Tayyip Erdogan. He could have complete control of Turkey’s budget and military, will be able to appoint judges to the courts without a vote, can dissolve parliament whenever he chooses, and can stay in power until 2029. This has prompted concerns that he’s becoming too authoritarian – and these concerns aren’t that outlandish. Mostly because Turkey was built by an authoritarian… What’s interesting about this vote is that
if you look at the arc of modern turkish history, it begins with Kemal Ataturk Ataturk was a military general who created the Republic of Turkey out of the collapsed Ottoman Empire in 1923. During his 15 years in office, he enjoyed
similar powers now held by Erdogan. And he used them to build Turkey into a modern and secular state. Turkey’s new government separates church and state. He banned head coverings, To Kemal, this headgear, the fez, symbolizes Turkey’s oriental fatalism and ignorance. He will abolish it. He put mosques under state control, Islamic traditions are shattered He made it basically illegal to discriminate against women. He takes pleasure in the company of emancipated women. He made women’s education compulsory, he made literacy rates rise,
he made schools opened everyone, To make a modern nation, all Turkey must be sent to school. Ataturk also industrialized his country. Under his watch, the industrial sector saw
a sharp increase. And his liberal foreign policies built a close
relationship with the West which paved the way for Turkey to join the NATO alliance in 1952. We know that Ataturk succeeded because for decades Turkey was a modern secular Western country, like he wanted it to be. Ataturk is dictator, so that Turkey will never again have a dictator. And now you have President Erdogan, President Erdogan is going in literally the opposite direction. He wants to make the country more openly religious. He wants to get rid of and has already gotten rid of much of what Ataturk had done. But how does a religious conservative leader acquire so much power in a secular country? To understand this, you have to know what
happened to Turkey after Ataturk’s death. For 5 decades, the country was constantly in a state of upheaval. Ataturk had given the military the responsibility of keeping Turkey secular. And they did so by staging coups in 1960,
71, 80 and again in 1997. While the interventions were meant to keep Turkey democratic, the instability left the country in poor shape. So in the nineties and even to the early two
thousands Turkey had a totally completely stale economy,
the GDP growth would slow unemployment was very high, it was seen as a very corrupt country, the government didn’t function. Enter Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was the mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to
‘97. Two years later he was arrested for a public
reading of a politically charged Islamic poem by a Turkish Nationalist. Turkey was still a majority Muslim nation
and his arrest made him popular with many who felt oppressed by years of the secular,
military rule. After a short jail sentence, he formed a moderately-conservative political party, the AKP, which went on to win a landslide victory in the 2002 elections,
and he became the Prime Minister of Turkey. Erdogan went on to pull the country out of
poverty by giving more opportunities to Turkish entrepreneurs and expanding access to foreign markets. This led to a sharp rise in the GDP and inflation plummeted. Turkey’s success even prompted efforts to
join the EU. This all made Erdogan wildly popular. It was like he came onto a boat that was listing, and taking on water, and managed get the water out of the boat and made the boat sail straight again. So for many years, you could see why a man like this became as powerful as he became But then he went too far. Over the next ten years, Turkey continued
to grow economically but Erdogan started pushing more Islamist and authoritarian policies. He was quoted saying he did not believe
men and women were equal and that women are meant to be mothers. His government also began arresting protesters
and journalists under the guise of anti-terrorism laws. This stirred unrest in Turkey’s more liberal
urban areas. In 2013, there was a small, peaceful demonstration
in Istanbul’s Gezi park to protest Erdogan’s plans to reconstruct military barracks that
would include a shopping center and a mosque. Seeing the demonstration as opposition, Erdogan
sent in riot police to remove the protesters which quickly attracted more protesters. And it got bigger and bigger because it became
a proxy. From a protest over a park to a protest of
Erdogan, against how religious he was becoming… And it got violent Previsouly he had not been a brutal ruler. After this, he became a brutal one. Erdogan began removing Ataturk’s secular laws more aggressively. He ended the ban on wearing headscarves, tightened
restrictions on alcohol sales, and freed mosques from government control. Then in 2014, Erdogan was elected president
which in Turkey, is a ceremonial role with little real power. But that didn’t put an end to the arrests
made across the country, which indicated that Erdogan was still in charge. And there were two groups of people who are
terrified by this one were the kind of secular Turks who look back to Ataturk and said what
the hell is happening to our country?! And the other was the military and they were the ones, again, who believe that their core mission in life was to keep Turkey secular and that he was a threat. So in July 2016, they staged a coup and it
almost worked. There was one problem — the military couldn’t
get the public’s support this time. Erdogan had found a way to reach his supporters… I want to encourage my people to the streets and invite them to the airports. And together as people gather, to show them, by letting them come with their tanks, to see what they are going to do, do it right there to the people. Erdogan had this amazing moment where he used
face time on his iPhone to kind of rally the country defend the country defend us against the military, come Turks, come to me, come rally around me. and it worked. You had secular Turks for the first time in
years defend Erdogan. You have religious Turks literally stream
from mosques into the streets to fight the military. The military overstepped, you had Turkish
F-16s fire rockets and missiles at parliament, Turkish tanks fired on people on the streets. That was very effective for him. Erdogan emerged from the fighting more popular
than ever and ramped up his purge of the opposition. More than 100,000 journalists, academics,
military officers, and politicians have been arrested since the coup attempt; tens of thousands
remain in detention. This brings us to the recent referendum, which
follows Erdogan’s post-coup popularity. He set it in motion to acquire more power
and make it permanent. But the vote was much closer than he it was
anticipated, suggesting that much of the country wants to hold onto the secular Turkey created
by Ataturk and they are willing to fight for it. I think you’re gonna have the inevitable
tension between a president who believes he’s entitled to more power, taking more and more
of it, and what remains a somewhat secular country not comfortable giving him that power. Do those tensions
play out politically in the courts or in the streets. If it’s actual fighting and violence then
what we know as a democratic Turkey will be be over.

100 Replies to “Why the world is worried about Turkey

  1. Me and my countryman have nothing to worry about Turkey. Turkey is just a country and is not trying to annex the world. Don't worry guys let the US Senate worry about Turkey, in the meantime we will enjoying pork, beef, chickens, turkey, etc. 😁😇

  2. Cu maxim respect doresc să vă rog să Nu alerg în discuție inversă ci să alergăm către Neprihanirea Domnului Isus Hristos unde este plină de Fericire și mii de Bucurii și Binecuvîntari Scumpii Și Iubiți mei Frați și prieteni, cu multă dragoste și respect vă doresc ca Focul Duhului Sfânt al Lui Isus Hristos să se aprindă în Viața Noastră și în Sufletul Nostru și a tuturor Religiilor de pe acest Pământ Amin, Fiindcă e unul singur Izvor există care putem să bem toți din acel Izvor este Domnul Isus Hristos Gloria să-i fie adusă Amin. Cu maxim respect vă îmbrățișez pe toți și vă iubesc pe toți un uichin împodobită cu mii și mii de Binecuvîntari și cu Mîntuirea Sufletului vă urez tuturor Religiilor și a întregului Pământ Amin. 😭😭😭😭😭😭🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  3. ive just come back from Turkey/Bondrum on holiday with my daughter i love it there they have a great sense of humour

  4. Ga ha ha gone too far because he wants justice and morals back in the community

    Islaam will dominate whether u like it or not so wake up

  5. Evreything you guys is saying is not ture and you guys knows that tjis is the way you guys EU and US is using media to get Turkey look bad but no one believes you no more so bye

  6. Love Turkey and Erdogan from Azerbaijan🥰😘🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷❤❤❤❤❤🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿

  7. I don't know his intention but I think his comment regarding men and women were taken out of context. He means that we are just different.

  8. The coup was like just 3% of our whole military. So again not the truth, The coup was planned by US and Fetullah Gulen. If it was not so, why wouldn't give the US , Fetullah gulen to us? Weird situation is this.

  9. I am from turkey and video is %80 lie. Erdogon is very good present and very merciful. While no country receives refugees, Erdogan accepted.

  10. President Erdogan of great Turkey is a greatest peace maker he is a super power country capable to depend the muslim worldwide and capable to destroy their enemies. He is a greatest leader of the muslim worldwide. Muslim loves Erdogan and his country.

    I love President Erdogan of great Turkey i love Turkey

  11. The Great Being saith: O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension and discord, of hate and enmity. This is the straight Path, the fixed and immovable foundation. Whatsoever is raised on this foundation, the changes and chances of the world can never impair its strength, nor will the revolution of countless centuries undermine its structure. Our hope is that the world’s religious leaders and the rulers thereof will unitedly arise for the reformation of this age and the rehabilitation of its fortunes. Let them, after meditating on its needs, take counsel together and, through anxious and full deliberation, administer to a diseased and sorely-afflicted world the remedy it requireth….”

    (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 214)


    “It is incumbent upon them who are in authority to exercise moderation in all things. Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease to exert a beneficial influence. Consider for instance such things as liberty, civilization and the like. However much men of understanding may favorably regard them, they will, if carried to excess, exercise a pernicious influence upon men….
    Please God, the peoples of the world may be led, as the result of the high endeavors exerted by their rulers and the wise and learned amongst men, to recognize their best interests. How long will humanity persist in its waywardness? How long will injustice continue? How long is chaos and confusion to reign amongst men? How long will discord agitate the face of society?…
    The winds of despair are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that divideth and afflicteth the human race is daily increasing. The signs of impending convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the prevailing order appeareth to be lamentably defective. I beseech God, exalted be His glory, that He may graciously awaken the peoples of the earth, may grant that the end of their conduct may be profitable unto them, and aid them to accomplish that which beseemeth their station.”

    (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 214)

  12. Asil gercek benligini buldugunda ozaman TURKİYE'nin ne kadar guclu oldugunu gorecek vede sizlere tattiracagiz 😆😅😂😂😘😘🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿 (RTE LOVE YOU )

  13. I am Greek. But America sectretely has ties to isis, the western media will always try to put allies of Russia (like Turkey) as a bad picture

  14. Because they are not like Saudi Arabia
    Turkey 🇹🇷 will become great leader of Muslim and ASK will take order from Israel just like they’re doing today

  15. May Allah continue to give strength & resolve to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan & grant victory to the Muslim ummah worldwide. Allahu Akbar!!!

  16. Turkish people actually want Erdogan to have greater power in order to counter the power of the military. Turkish people have seen their vote being swept aside by the military too many times. The Turkish people decided to gambled and gave greater executive power to Erdogan in the hope that Erdogan will use this power to right the wrong and not using it to create a lasting dictatorship. Of course, the west feared this development. Not so much as the appearance of a dictator, but the erosion of secular value in Turkey. Despite decades of near despotic secular rule, Islamic value remain strong in Turkey. The military have been the caretaker of the secular value in Turkey. Any attempt by the elected government to suggest even a hint of something Islamic and that elected government was toppled. This happen several times in Turkish history. But their failure to topple Erdogan in 2016 gave Erdogan and the Turkish people the opening they need to defang the political power of the Turkish military.

  17. I am a Turk. I hate that Erdoğan is being compared to Atatürk. Because Erdoğan is an awful human being, and Atatürk was an amazing one.

  18. I always went on holiday to turkey was no other place. Now my family thinks it’s too dangerous but I still love the place, best holidays ever

  19. America and a couple of European states are not the “World” and they’re worried about Erdogan because he’s reconciled the Islamic and secular identity of Turkey, which has made Turkey more powerful than ever before .

  20. Atatürk was a good president Erdoğan to. Erdoğan make the economy great again and on July 15th was terrorists that attacked turkey

  21. Youre right i wanna live in a secular country as a woman and for a decade i dont feel represented because of the other half of the country. I wanna move to another western country. Im not a muslim.

  22. İf Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a dictator how tourist are can came to Turkey and why Turkey have a voting and if Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lose the voting in Istanbul

  23. World isnt worried about Turkey..Usa and Europe is worried about the oil, near Turkey and Syria. Theyre worried they cant reach to it

  24. Turkey is always in my heart. Like many Iranians. Like many Muslims. Turkey is proud of Muslims, and the day will come when the Islamic world gets rid of European and American intervention

    And once again, greatness

  25. I think it’s important to highlight that the recent coup was not supported by secular Turks because an Islamic group was behind it. But it is also important that it was a group who worked alongside akp in past so… im gonna have to shut up or else ill end up in jail but you do the maths..

  26. This is how ignorant the Jewnited States is. They think the "world" is the Jewnited States. It's the Jewnited States that's worried about Turkey, not the world.

  27. Deeply regret !

    why like you people should have wanted to uncertainty particularly in Middle East & mostly in a Muslim Countries people should have striving for peace and stability for long decades to enjoy a precise life with his families but you media person will spreading hate and division among people.

  28. Stop doing propoganda against Turkey!!! Question should be why is the world worried about VOX's propoganda???????

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