From Turkish delight to dilemma

Developing Just Leadership

Askia Wajd

Ramadan 23, 1434 2013-08-01

Letters To The Editor

by Askia Wajd (Letters To The Editor, Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 6, Ramadan, 1434)

Gripped by incessant protests at Taksim Square, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finds himself in an even greater bind now that President Mursi has been overthrown in Egypt.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finds himself in difficulty. His close ally, President Mohamed Mursi of Egypt has been overthrown in a military coup. The alliance Mursi was trying to build with the Saudis and Qataris has proved less reliable than quicksand. Both have betrayed Mursi. The Saudis actually stabbed Mursi in the back while leading him to believe that if he behaved according to the Saudi plan (in Syria), he would be rewarded. The same goes for Erdogan.

He is faced with a determined opposition at home in the form of Taksim Square protests. These have not died down. True, some protesters have ulterior motives but there are others that are chafing at Erdogan’s dictatorial style. There are also rumblings of revolt within the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party. It seems Erdogan tried to be too smart but was outsmarted by his masters in Washington and Tel Aviv. The imperialists and Zionists can never be friends of Muslims; this is what Allah (swt) warns us in the noble Qur’an (5:51) but Erdogan seems to play politics rather than obey Allah’s (swt) command. Is he willing to learn from this?

Askia Wajd

Brooklyn, NY, US

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