mayhem that Erdogan, the Assassin Sultan, has wrought on the people of Turkey,
it looks counter-intuitively, against most prognostications, as if he might be
returned to head of state for one more desolate and cataclysmic term. Once more,
the designs of the West, and more specifically of NATO members, on Turkey may
end up on the dustbin of history – dashing early hopes that the nation on the
Dardanelles may be brought back into the fold of civilized nations. The obvious
question to pose is then this: why, in the face of the calamitous steering of
his nation, and in spite of the obvious dangling carrot of one day joining the
European Union much to their material benefit, are Turks renouncing the allure
of Western economic and living-standard advances?
that seems most obvious and plausible to me is that Turks at large are
diffident, if not indeed averse, to the blandishments of Western ‘progress’.
This is not hard to see, after all. I surmise that Erdogan need only screen a
single episode of the Eurovision Song Festival to persuade the vast majority of
his citizens-in-name-only that indeed European and American ‘civilization’ is
not for them. – Because what goes under the name of Western advancement is
nothing other than the corrosive spread of cultural degeneracy, legal deviance and
transgression, and ultimately anarchic dissoluteness with consequent
dissolution of social bonds and national unity.