Turkey and Ergenekon

Many interpreted this at the time as a process of democratization — perhaps a bit too messy, with some
rule-of-law violations, but democratization nonetheless. Yet anyone looking closely at Sledgehammer
and the other political trials that made this rapid transformation possible would have been under no
such illusion. What was happening was something else entirely, a power grab by the Gülenists and the
AKP using Kafkaesque methods. Just as the military’s own transgressions in the past had undermined
democracy, the dirty war against the military and the secularists would ultimately serve to empower a
mafia within the state and condemn Turkey to an even darker authoritarianism.

http://www.sss.ias.edu/files/pdfs/Rodrik/Commentary/Plot-Against-the-Generals.pdf

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