As Shoebat.com reported yesterday, the decision by Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pick a fight with tweeters is ill-advisable, no matter how it turns out. Erdogan now has a fight on his hands and it very well may be one he will regret, though he likely felt it was the best of nothing but bad options as anonymous tweeters have been doing tangible harm to his inner circle.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Erdogan swore to that he would destroy twitter in his country, saying:
“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”
A statement from Erdogan pointed to a need to “relieve” its “citizens” from twitter. In reality, tweeters are relieving themselves on Erdogan (see above cartoon).
If there is one fight that no regime wants to have, it’s one against a mobilized citizenry. Taking away the means for communication from the streets, in order for Erdogan to protect his own hide, is likely to further mobilize Turkey’s people.
As Ben Barrack opined on Shoebat.com, not only is this an act of desperation on the part of Erdogan but with Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul publicly opposing the ban, Erdogan’s days could be numbered if public outrage at being silenced matches its outrage over why (Erdogan’s corruption being exposed). Erdogan himself has called out Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen for fomenting much of the unrest in Turkey. Gul is a follower of Gulen, or a “Gulenist”, according to a 2009 Wikileaks cable.
Turks should be focused not only on removing Erdogan but on what will replace him. If they’re not careful, that replacement could portend something much worse.