Lessons to learn from Turkey

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan had it com­ing. The Turk­ish army was never go­ing to re­main com­pli­ant while the man who would recre­ate the Ot­toman Em­pire turned his neigh­bours into en­e­mies and his coun­try into a mock­ery of it­self. But it would be a grave mis­take to as­sume two things: that the putting down of a mil­i­tary coup is a mo­men­tary mat­ter af­ter which the Turk­ish army will re­main obe­di­ent to its sul­tan.

The vic­to­ri­ous pow­ers in the First World War de­stroyed the Ot­toman Em­pire which was one of the pur­poses of the 1914-18 con­flict af­ter the Sublime Porte made the fa­tal mis­take of sid­ing with Ger­many and the ru­ins of that em­pire were then chopped into bits by the Al­lies and handed over to bru­tal kings, vi­cious colonels and dic­ta­tors ga­lore. Er­do­gan and the bulk of the army which has de­cided to main­tain him in power for now fit into this same ma­trix of bro­ken states. This should be LES­SON to all Arab lead­ers es­pe­cially in this Amer­i­can mis­sion against oth­ers.

Ab­dul­wa­hab Bawa wrote from Abuja 08062625452

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.