Turkey's Orgy of Arrests Continues, World Pretty Much Indifferent
The Western commentariat is preoccupied, indifferent, or just confused by all those Turkish names. Here's something of a roundup.
"Meanwhile, it is unclear what exactly is going on — a battle between elements of the state? Between the police or judicial system and MIT? Between the AKP and the ‘deep state’? Between MIT and the military? The plot is so thick that it’s become impenetrable. (To me, at least.) Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) Chairwoman Ümit Boyner said yesterday, 'We are moving away from the rule of law day by day. We regular people are watching the power struggle within the Turkish state with horror and an increased sense of insecurity.'
Watching prosecutors and the judiciary at work in Turkey is a bit like watching an out-of-control truck rampaging down the highway in the wrong lane. You can’t figure out why it’s happening, where it’s going, or how to stop it. You want to close your eyes, but you can’t. You know what’s coming, just not when, where, how, or who the crash will take down with it."
And I'm asking myself, why should anyone in the West care? I'm tired of prefacing my comments with, "This matters to you because ... " In truth, it doesn't, much. There's nothing you can do and there's no reason for an ordinary American to care all that much about this.
What bothers me intensely, though, is a feeling of complete intellectual disgust. Everyone's just completely baffled by this? It's all impenetrable, inscrutable and Oriental? It's neither fish nor fowl, East nor West, Turkey's so complicated, I give up? Does that remind anyone just a bit of those Barbie dolls that were programmed to say, "Math is so hard?"