Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Islamists Triumph in Turkey as Gul Named President

Not unexpected, but Turkey took another firm step in the direction of Islamism with the election by Parliament of foreign minister Abdullah Gul as Turkey's president, giving the Islamist AK party of Prime Minister Erdogan a virtual rubber stamp in government.

Joshua's Army members, of course, are very familiar with Gul, especially his desire for Turkey to align with Iran's Islamist bloc.

Unlike previous presidential elections, Gul's inauguration was avoided by the army's top commanders and much of the secular elite, including the main opposition Republican People's Party who lost the last early elections sparked by massive anti-Islamist protests in Turkey against Erdogan's desire to ramrod Gul's presidency through parliament.

Gul's election and the ascencion of an Islamist government to virtually all positions of power in Turkey led to a warning by the Turkish military, with Armed forces chief General Yasar Buyukanit saying bluntly that the army would exercise its constitutional mandate to protect Turkey's secular republic if it saw the separation between religion and state threatened.

"Unfortunately every day in different ways appear furtive plans which aim to undo the modern advances and ruin the Turkish republic's secular and democratic structures.

The Turkish armed forces, as up until now, will never sway from its determined stance and its duty of protecting and watching over the democratic, secular Turkish Republic.

Our nation has been watching the behavior of centers of evil who systematically try to corrode the secular nature of the Turkish Republic."

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