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Letter to President Obama: The Islamic Republic of Turkey

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And you have helped too, Mr President. Were you surprised by Erdoğan's antics in Davos? By his attempt to storm your Secret Service barricade outside the hotel in New York City? By his sudden ranting about Israel? Mr President, you shouldn't be, for this is the quality of the man. You proceed with the likes of him and his people at your, and our, peril. In my earlier letter to you I wrote: "Do not be deceived Mr. President, this government neither serves you, nor the Turkish people. In the name of so-called democracy, it serves itself." Nothing more need be said.

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Today, on all counts, Turkey and the people of Turkey have failed. They have failed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. They have failed themselves. Else how could they so submissively tolerate a government formed by the likes of Erdoğan and his AKP. Mr President, on 29 October 2009, you will see the personification of this profound, tragic failure in the normally scowling face of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, painfully contorted into his "White House smile!"

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Mr President, quite simply, Turkey has become an Islamic fascist state. Cameras and listening devices abound. People are identified for arrest by the government-controlled press. Even I, Mr President, have been fingered by a newspaper hack widely known to be a mouthpiece for the president of the republic.(3) Mr President, this lawless government has trashed the constitution. Jails are loaded with patriots--journalists, scientists, physicians, writers, retired military officers, businessmen--all opposed to the destruction of the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Mr President, there is no significant difference between the doings of this government and what went on in Germany in the early Thirties, or in Pinochet's Chile in the Seventies. None!

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Lawless politicians! Lawless judges! Lawless prosecutors! Lawless police! Lawless! Lawless! Lawless"

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James (Cem)Ryan is a writer living in Istanbul, Turkey. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he holds a Ph.D. in literature.

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