Turkey Goes to War

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  • Turkey Goes to War 
    by MIKE WHITNEY, http://www.counterpunch.org/  
    “ISIS threatens our way of life and security…We have plans to act militarily against them in the coming days. You will see.”
    — Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu 

    A landslide victory in Turkey’s November 1 snap elections has removed the last obstacle in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s drive to war.  The surprise outcome of the balloting, which was widely denounced as “unfair and marred by fear and violence by international election observers”,  has given Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) 49 percent of the vote restoring single-party rule in Ankara. Shortly after the election results were announced, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Turkey’s political parties to scrap the existing constitution in order to grant President Erdogan nearly-limitless executive authority.

    According to Turkey’s Today’s Zaman Davutoglu said, “I’m calling on all parties entering parliament to form a new…

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