We were at Turkey’s Democracy and Freedom Island, also known as Yassıada, the other day upon President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s invitation. This is where the history of shame was written, where one of Turkey’s former presidents, Adnan Menderes, and his friends were tried for 11 months before being sent to the island of İmralı to be executed.
While answering questions, Erdoğan made a promise. The promise was along the lines of, “There is never going to be a coup again in this country…” “If we are strong, it is impossible.” This promise was basically a summary of our visit to Yassıada.
Every coup is an attack on our people. Every coup is a foreign intervention
May 27, Sept. 12, Feb. 28, Dec. 17-25, and July 15: each one of these was an intervention against our nation to strengthen the position of a certain government. These coups were staged not against the state but the people. All these coups were attacks targeting the people.
Every topic that emerged as a “great threat” throughout the year, whether it be about economy, foreign policy, security, et cetera, is the result of the concessions made during the period of coups.
All coups are staged to take the will of the people hostage, to oppress them, and give over control to the multinational will again.
All coups are promoted as “protecting the state,” however, they were staged to establish a foreign tutelage over the people.
They sustained the tutelage order through those coups
Whenever our nation gains strength and tries to preserve its past, present and future, that multinational will took action and staged a coup, and strengthened the tutelage order that was established after the Ottoman Empire through these coups.
This means that we need to face the music that each coup is actually a foreign intervention on Turkey.
That tutelage, that intervention, that implicit invasion was carried out through the cadres raised in political and military bureaucracy, in economy and finance, and in the intellectual field.
This is why it is our painful reality to consider all the coup attempts as “interventions,” an attack on Turkey.
They were first going to take over Istanbul; this is why July 15 was an invasion attempt.
This is the first time Turkey caught a strong wave to escape that tutelage since it was established. We call this a turning point in history.
The political tradition that goes all the way back to the Seljuks took action a century later, and a miraculous movement developed.
The people will forge their own path, the state will take shape accordingly, and the region will take shape according to Turkey. This is the path, this is the struggle, this is our goal.
But they conducted the first attack on Dec. 17-25, 2013. They carried out the heaviest attack since World War I on July 15, 2016. They directly attempted a foreign intervention. They planned to separate Istanbul from Anatolia and implemented that plan.
July 15 was not a coup but an attack; it was an invasion attempt. The classical coup period was over and new intervention methods were laid on the table.
There’s a foreign intervention, there’s action within
They used the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) as an assassin on July 15. But FETÖ is not the only entity they use, we know. We can somewhat ascertain how they will use the ones to follow.
I am not just writing this to remind you of May 27, the first military coup attempt in Turkey’s history. I am writing this by considering the future, not the past.
The danger persists. Intervention threats targeting Turkey both locally and from abroad continue. Those that established an anti-Turkey front in the north of Syria amassed 200 battleships in the East Mediterranean.
They turned the Aegean islands into a missile base. They are making a military buildup consisting of troops, tanks and missiles in Romania and Bulgaria.
They’re building fronts at our door, we’re being sieged
They are deploying troops and armored vehicles against us in Dedeağaç, 60 kilometers from our border. They sieged from the southeast and from the south, throughout the Mediterranean. Now they are surrounding us from the Aegean and the West Thrace, from Bulgaria and Romania.
Do you think the U.S. and Israel are doing all this for Russia? For Iran? For China?
It is doing it for Turkey. We are the country being sieged. Open your eyes!
These are our borders; this is our region, our gates. They positioned their battleships, aircraft carriers, missiles and troops right at our doorstep, and they are making more buildups by the day.
This is where the coup discussion starts all over again
Who is keeping all this from the attention of the Turkish public? Who is forming the public opinion to present the situation as if there is no such thing? Whoever says there is no such thing and takes all this lightly, I caution you to stay away from them. They have ulterior motives.
The activities that have currently gained speed draw attention – they are being widely discussed as well. FETÖ structures have re-networked. They have taken action like they did before July 15. They are using the candidacy of Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Republican People's Party (CHP)’s mayoral candidate for Istanbul, to camouflage the fact that he is a tool of theirs, and applying a bigger agenda.
Coup scenarios are now being discussed loudly and openly. There is a rumor that there will be a new foreign intervention.
They’re seeking an opportunity to conduct an intervention
Our country is currently resisting against threats similar to those during World War I. All the nations and states that were against us in Çanakkale have established an alliance against us again today. They formed the same alliance within the country as well. They have the native agents on the ground.
Those that tried to tear Istanbul from Anatolia on July 15, 2016, are implementing another Istanbul project today. Those that tried to turn Anatolia into Syria on July 15 are implementing the same plan again today.
The alliance abroad is very vast. The alliance within is very vast. They believe both the regional conditions and the atmosphere within are suitable for an intervention.
Every coup attempt will be considered an invasion attempt
But coups will not take place in this country ever again. There will be attacks rather than coups. Every coup attempt will be an foreign intervention. It will be an invasion attempt. They are going to be considered as this country’s traitors and go down in the dark pages of history.
A fight for independence is going to be put up against every coup attempt. A legendary fight will be put up, similar to the one in Çanakkale.
Those attempting such interventions aimed at taking our nation under tutelage for another century will be considered as one and same as the U.S., Israel, the U.K., Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The fight we put up a century ago will be put up again.
This is a great storm. But this nation has known how to silence greater storms in the region for a millennium. History has taken a turn – you cannot change this no matter what you do. It will no longer be possible to “stop Turkey.”