by Abdullah Bayrakdar (Letters To The Editor, Crescent International Vol. 45, No. 8, Dhu al-Hijjah, 1437)
Erdogan should not indulge in witch-hunt against political opponents under the cover of dealing with fifth columnists in the country.
Since the failed coup attempt in July, Turkey has faced widespread purges and instability. While the armed forces have been most affected with the dismissal of more than 35% of senior officers, other institutions have not escaped cleansing either. The bureaucracy, judiciary, educational institutions and even the media have faced purges. President Erdogan’s opponents accuse him of conducting a witch-hunt. This concern is growing. Erdogan must act within the framework of the law, not out of pique, for his own sake, but more importantly for Turkey’s sake.
Davis, CA, US