we were sitting around in the barracks, a bit bored, you know how it is, and we thought, ‘hey, why don’t we take out one of the tanks for a drive?’
My oh my, we are living in exciting times, are we not? China building artificial islands in the South China Sea in order to expand her territorial ambitions, (believe it or not, this is China’s way of being the good guy – China’s leaders are going to do this anyway but this is their way of achieving their aim without utilizing military force. Of course the UN then proceeds to tell them to stop or the UN will say stop again.)
What else do we have? Apart from all the Islamic terror stuff, (sorry, truck attacks, what was I thinking), cultural Marxism, the Trumpening, we then get the excitement of a real live attempted coup in Turkey. As The Z man points out, the media had a bit of trouble with this at first:
Following along via SkyNews, the BBC and CNN, I had to laugh at the confusion of the news people covering this thing. They did not know which side they were supposed to support. Initially, they were just baffled, as they don’t know anything about the world that is not fed to them through their earpieces. They were reduced to stuttering through live images of people walking around the streets waving flags. Then Obama came out in defense of the Islamists and the rest of NATO followed suit. Instantly, the new media was anti-coup.
And here I was thinking that the media’s role is to objectively report on what is happening. Silly me – it’s actually about them taking sides. Always has been.
Events in Turkey are extremely interesting when viewed through the recent prism of Brexit. Remember, part of that vote was whether Britain should regain control of her borders and a source of debate leading up to that poll was the fact that the European Commission looked like rolling over yet again. Turkey has been holding the EU hostage all year, threatening to release millions more “refugees” if its demands for visa-free travel are not met.
But now we have a Turkish attempted coup, and as The Z Man writes, coups only happen in far away Third World tinpot regimes. Don’t they?
The general assumption was that a real country did not have military coups or revolutions because they had democracy of some sort. If the people were unhappy, they could vote in people they liked. If elements of the ruling elite were unhappy, they could appeal to the public for change. The military, instead of being an instrument of the ruling class, was subordinate to the civilian government and excluded from politics. That’s not a bad place to start when defining a modern country. Real countries have elections, not revolts.
This is all a bit messy when you think about it. In the light of this event, I wonder what the member states of the EU think about Turkey’s looming admittance to their little club? Particularly if President Erdogan decides to stick a few of the plotters up against the wall. That would make negotiations a wee bit uncomfortable. Is Turkey a real country or is it a tin-pot regime? Perhaps this coup was just a one-off event? An aberration?
Not really. Turns out they’ve had a number of them in the last few decades. The last successful coup was in 1997, and there were rumors of a coup in 2012. In other words, this is all situation normal for Turkey. But when you consider that Turkey is the most advanced country in the Middle East, you have to wonder about all those economic migrants flooding into Europe. If you import Africans, you’ll get Africa, at least once the numbers stack up.
Perhaps in the coming years we will see coups happening in Western countries. That’s what multiculturalism is all about, right? Embracing the cultures and traditions of our Middle Eastern and African betters.