Late Friday afternoon, reports circulated that Erdogan expressed admiration for Hitler's Nazi government. If it was a statement made by a democratic figure, it would be treated as a bad joke in poor taste. But for the authoritarian Erdogan, it's a rare instance of his honesty, showing how the strongman really feels.
ANKARA -- Erdogan has divided the country on ethnic, sectarian and lifestyle levels in an unprecedented manner. Traumatized by the terror attack, Turkey will first need to facilitate free and fair elections, then form a coalition government and then go about rehabilitating the country's deep divisions. Rooting out domestic ISIS cells must be a priority. The alternative is the Pakistanization of Turkey. We cannot afford to let this happen.
In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?
ISTANBUL -- The current situation in Turkey is nothing short of apocalyptic. Radical Islamists who have turned the country into a "jihadi highway" to Syria -- while Ankara has looked the other way -- are now carrying out attacks within Turkey itself. The AKP's Syria policy from 2011 onward has been the single greatest foreign policy disaster in the history of the Turkish Republic.
As much as they were a victory for Erdogan, the latest local elections added to polarization. Against Erdogan's 45 percent stands a dedicated 55 percent who opposed him and which might block his election chances for the presidency. This suggests that the elections resuls are a "Pyrrhic victory for everyone." In a sense, Turkey as a whole has lost because it is so divided and because Erdogan's actions in the campaign tarnished Turkey's image abroad.