Devilish Islamist Plot? Erdogan’s Reichstag Fire?

Not too frequently do I find myself nodding sagely at the words of an Austrian EuroCommissar!




But Brussels Commissioner Johannes Hahn may be onto something when he hinted that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew more than he has let on about the shocking events that unfolded on Friday.  .


Historians mostly think that the Reichstag Fire, blamed on a Communist, was used by Hitler as the flimsiest excuse to justify his complete machtergreifung, the seizure of power by the Nazi Party.

Further, I recall from my Soviet Studies post-grad time how the Bolshevik NKVD infiltrated and took command of a monarchist resistance movement and actually recruited Russian patriots who wanted their country restored to its traditions, a Tsar back on the throne.


Needless to say, when it was time to strike, the Reds were fully prepared. The brave Tsarist resistance movement was stillborn, its members captured and killed.

Ring a bell?

I was certainly shocked by the speed with which Erdogan’s gang rounded up not only military dissenters but also several thousand ‘judges and prosecutors.’

Were these legal functionaries supposed to have been in on the ‘plot?’


Or is this just a handy opportunity to rid the Turkish judiciary of people committed to the Ataturk vision of a civilised secular state?

No doubt the Islamist regime will replace the prisoners with sectarian hacks inclined towards the iniquitous shariah system, so lacking in justice, that obtained in the Ottoman Empire…




…. whose flags, I heard, were borne high by pro-Erdogan agitators in the wake of the failed coup.


Herr Hahn said that Erdogan’s crackdown “is exactly what we feared…it looked “like something that had been prepared. That the lists [of judges] are available after the events indicates that this [the crackdown] was prepared and that at a certain moment it should be used”.

Typically, however, the insipid in-crowd in Brussels seem more concerned about the reintroduction of capital punishment than the installation of a new caliphate.


Belgian foreign minister DidierReynders said he “can’t imagine” that Turkey could ever become an EU member if Erdogan jailed judges or reinstated the death penalty.

Well, nobody in his or her right mind wanted Turkey brought further into Europe.


Executing convicted criminals is hardly equivalent to jailing judges for no reason. Only a dumbo EUSSR apparatchik would equate the two as the Belgian has done.

Turkey has an absolute right to restore capital punishment.


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It was abolished, without any referendum, purely as a negotiating sop to Brussels. Erdogan is not a nice man but he can’t be faulted for his latest assertion.

“In a democracy, whatever the people want they will get. We cannot ignore this demand.”

Would that governments in France or Britain or Sweden, inter alia, could say the same!

That’s not to say the Turkish regime should put the coup detainees to death. There’s a huge doubt about the truth in the current case.

But certainly, there are terrorist prisoners galore who’d be none the worse for a hanging.

But then if they are affiliated to ISIS, or some other sectarian slaughter-house crew, we’d be naive to think Erdogan might put them down. Erdogan is a dyed-in-the wool Islamist fanatic.

Erdogan, Cameron’s Comrade, ISIS Collaborator, Yelps At Europe! 

There’s no way he’d dispense true justice to scum like that.