Admiral Soner Polat: Turkey is moving towards Eurasia after the failed coup


Exactly one year ago, on the night of July 15-16, 2016, a group of military conspirators attempted to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim from power. Military equipment was sent to the streets of the largest cities, and the planes of the rebels attacked the parliament building. The presidential residence was also attacked. Loyal to the Erdogan army units and police units, with the assistance of ordinary citizens who had fled to the streets, managed to stop the putschists. In the organization of a coup attempt, the Turkish authorities blamed the Muslim religious cleric Fethullah Gülen, who lives in the United States. The unsuccessful attempt at a coup was followed by mass purges in the army and state apparatus. A state of emergency still exists in the country. Retired rear admiral Soner Polat explained how Turkey has changed over the past year and whether it is worth to expect a new coup:

The rise of anti-US sentiment

The US has lost its ability to stage coups, covert operations (like Ergenekon, Balyoz) and intelligence operations in Turkey. Turkey is in the meantime more independent than ever before. For the very time in history anti American sentiment went rampant in the hearts of impoverished masses who have been exploited by imperial powers for years. Needless to say, Euroasian tendencies gained support of the people despite mass media working for the Western countries. It is early to claim there exists a radical change in the main parameters of the Turkish foreign policy, however it is a plain fact that Turkey is moving towards Eurasia slowly and surely.

All evidence point on the West

There is no doubt that the coup was perpetruated by Fethullah Gülen Organization with the support of the CIA and other rekevant organizations of the USA. Another point worth emphasizing is the fact that many western countries were aware of this failed coup attempt in advance.

Relations between Erdogan and military

It would be an exageration to claim that the coup attempt caused some important changes in the relations between Government and High Military Commanders. However, some new legal practices regulating the structure and organization of the Armed Forces without the consent, even without the knowledge of the Military leaders is likely to affect these relations in the long run.

Turkish-Russian ties

Under normal circumstances, this event should have led to the establihment of strategic relations between Turkey and RF. However although some important steps have been taken, unfortunately this has not happened due to both sides' unrealistic expectations from Trump. If both countries desire to expand their national interests in Syria, the only way is to collectively formulate a common strategy to counter dividing forces.

FETO is still dangerous

Fethullah Gülen Organization could not succeed at a time when enjoying its strongest days. In the meantime, with heavy losses, and with the alertness of a nation, it is almost impossible for them to try another attempt. However, their ability to target key political figures should not be ruled out.