I mentioned here a few days ago that the protests in Turkey were different than the protests of the Arab spring because they were primarily driven by the most westernized and secular groups within Turkish society.
The Islamists have a way of dealing with westernized, secularized groups that has time and time again crushed the opposition and greatly limited the amount of blood the officials of the Islamist government have on their hands. Last week we saw a rising tide of anti-government sentiment rising among the young and urban (not religious) in Istanbul and other cities across Turkey. The government reacted with standard, yet aggressive anti-riot measures of tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons, beatings with clubs etc – not much different than something you’d see in the US. The rioters were undeterred and the world grumbled as it does at the appearance of brutality (though limited) by the police.
The Islamist that Erdogan truly is – won’t let this continue. He is defiant in the face of the protesters. In order to save face he cannot back down on his symbolic construction plan to remind people of Ottoman glory and the former Caliphate. We are just starting to see the next phase of the Islamist approach – incite other Islamists to “protest” the anti-goverment protesters. These government and mosque encouraged protests are little more than thinly veiled incitement to mass terrorism and localized violence against the non-islamist opposition. Erdogan will continue to demonize the anti-government protesters as criminals, likely with the support of fiery sermons from imams in mosques around the country. The general populace will be encouraged to feel justified to punish these criminals via “spontaneous” uprisings of Islamic zeal. The result is that the protesters are eventually and brutally beaten, killed, and in other ways savaged until they as a group either leave the country or submit at the islamists wish them to.
Here’s an example of how it’s starting:
Erdogan is solidifying his base of support and his credibility as a proper islamist. If I’m right, the violence will continue to escalate rapidly now, but the majority of it will not be perpetrated directly by soldiers or police in uniform. This paves the way for Turkey to be a more significant power in the region – and take its place in leading an attack on Israel as we have been told by God through the prophet Ezekiel.