Danish writer Robert Ellis defended Turkey’s bloody military juntas in his latest article, which appeared in the Independent, one of the U.K.’s center-left publications.
In the article Ellis lamely explains that,
Until 2002, when the AKP (Justice and Development Party) came to power, Turkey was doing pretty well in following Kemal Atatürk’s dictum: “peace at home, peace abroad”. Admittedly, there were three military coups between 1960 and 1980 to keep Turkey on track, together with ‘a soft coup’ in 1997. But the country was still a respected member of NATO with prospects – however distant – of EU membership.
The Independent has recently taken on an extreme anti-Turkish editorial line thanks to its Russian owners, who also happen to be close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. But even on a pro-Russian outlet there should be some limit when it comes to legitimating massacres and extra-judicial killings, especially since the paper is published not in Russia, but in the birthplace of modern democracy, the U.K.
As is well known, and contrary to the Ellis’s claims, Turkey progressed well on the international stage until the 2013 Gezi Park protests.
In fact, every paragraph in Ellis’s article is composed of disinformation and propaganda. For that reason, we want to emphasize an essential issue. Whitewashing the Turkish military’s interventions into Turkish politics is a fundamentally anti-democratic stance. For that reason alone, readers should take Ellis’s article with a grain of salt.