Question: The coup that took place in Turkey on the 15th of July was suppressed the next day. 194 people were killed, including 104 rebels. 2,839 of the people who participated were arrested; among them were judges and military officers.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoked a state of emergency and was given carte blanche. Even the opposition says that this is a pre-planned scenario.
Answer: I totally agree. It seems that things worked out for him, and the entire event was managed very easily and freely.
Question: Strategic experts believe that the coup could have taken place in any case since Turkey is deeply divided. The simple folks support Islam, while the military men and the nobility support the republic. This situation began to tear the state apart more and more.
Answer: The problem is that Turkey is located at the point where Europe and Asia meet. It doesn’t belong to either side. Is it Istanbul or Constantinople?
This ancient debate has been going on since the Byzantine era, and there is no way of escaping it. The Turks cannot stand with one foot in Europe and one foot in Asia.
The oppositeness between Turkey and Europe that existed in the past, still exists today and will exist in the future, and to the degree that President Erdogan tries to erase the memory of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish republic, this oppositeness will continue to grow since there is no way to bridge this gap. It is important to note, however, that he will not survive without the support of Europe.
On the one hand, President Erdogan cannot follow the example of the Arab states in the Middle East—there is nothing good about it. On the other hand, he is inclined strongly to divide Islam which calls for military action, and there are many like him.
Question: You describe Erdogan as a person who is torn between this oppositeness. I feel that you empathize with him.
Answer: Erdogan is not torn. He wants to be a leader, a Sultan, in the full sense of the word. Erdogan wants to be a saint: a saint in ruling the state, a religious saint, and a saint who is a political activist of this huge state.
He suffers from the Napoleon complex. But this exceeds his abilities, and he is not the right man for the job. The people in the big cities will not support him.
The Turkish intelligentsia who basically share European values will not be able to put up with that, so we are about to witness difficult years of internal and external conflicts between Turkey and Russia, Israel and the Arab states, as well as with Europe and America.
Question: Does this means that you don’t believe that Erdogan can sit at the negotiating table?
Answer: He is capable of anything, but it is impossible to connect Western values and the aspirations of Eastern radical Islam in Turkey.
Question: What does the future hold?
Answer: If we speak about the issue of tourism, all the popular tourist resorts certainly will be separated, but all of the rest of Turkey will undergo an accelerated process of converting to Islam. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, everything is headed in one direction.
The world is headed toward a stable, serious, and extensive process of converting to Islam. The next state to undergo this process is America. In America, Islam must prove that it is strong and declare, “Beware of playing around with us.”
After the elections in America, we will see in which direction the fate of the civilized world will go and in which direction a serious step will be taken. If Hilary Clinton wins the election, the step will be toward Islam. If Donald Trump wins, the step will be toward Europe and the new world. Let’s wait and see the Creator’s game.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/17/16