Gareth Jenkins has a very nice piece on the arrest of İlker Başbuğ, which places this latest move in the context of the ongoing Ergenekon-Sledgehammer prosecutions:
“For many, the arrest of Başbuğ on terrorist charges will be regarded not so much as demonstrating that the General staff is no longer untouchable but that the Fethullah Gülen Movement has the power to imprison whoever it likes.”
The whole piece is very well worth reading, and it can be accessed here.
Gareth Jenkins deserves a lot of credit for having woken up to the reality of the Ergenekon investigations long before most Turks – and certainly Turkish “liberals” — did. When he published his initial study almost three years ago, he was roundly vilified by the country’s intellectual community for casting aspersions on a set of trials which were still perceived at that stage as well justified and well-intentioned.
As the absurdities in the Ergenekon-Sledgehammer cases have mounted and widespread evidence fabrication has become obvious, Jenkins has been proven right. Turkey’s liberals need to applaud, rather than berate him.