A man brandished a gun and opened fire inside the building housing the office of the Turkish prime minister. Officials claim the bullets were blanks and that there were no casualties. Turkish news media outlets, however, have taken off the published stories from their websites.
Interview with Mark Glenn, Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement from Idaho, on this dramatic event and cover up.
Q: No matter what version of the events you might want to believe, it is still a very serious lapse of security, isn’t it?
Glenn: Yes. And you’re exactly right, whether it was a real assassination attempt or whether indeed as the Turkish government is trying to claim that the gunman was firing blanks. What it indicates is that there is an undercurrent of political instability in Turkey, right now, that would be extremely problematic and troublesome to the Erdogan government, given what is taking place between Turkey and Syria right now.
There have been many mainstream news reports coming out of Turkey that say that the Turkish people can see plainly that Erdogan is allowing himself and Turkey to be used as a proxy for the United States for NATO and for Israel in fomenting a war with Syria. The people are not happy about it, there have been massive demonstrations that have taken place in various cities in Turkey and so this is a very problematic thing for Turkey right now.
Whether this was a genuine assassination attempt or whether it was indeed as Turkey is claiming someone was trying to intimidate the government, either way, it was a very strong indicator as to what the political undercurrent of the country is right now and I think this has made the Turkish government very, very nervous.
Q: It is quite clear that the government is trying to hush up the whole scenario, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the situation and the spillover effects from Syria are quite serious.
Do you think that it is too late for Turkey now to rectify this serious lapse of security, this instability they’re seeing now from the spillover effects and its own policies with regards to Syria?
Glenn: Well, whether it is too late or not, in my opinion, it is immaterial. The fact that the government has now pulled all of the news stories concerning this event off of the web - I tried to do a quick search myself to see if there was any relevant news that I could use for commentary and I was able to find none.
So, this was obviously something that they are afraid is going to catch fire. It is a very politically volatile time right now in Turkey. I think the people there understand that they are standing on the precipice of being used as the forward action with war against Syria.
Let’s just call it what it is, it is a war against Iran that may actually devolve into a war that may involve Russia and China and I think that the Turkish people are wise to the ways of Erdogan and of his puppet government and they don’t want to have anything to do with it.
So, whether it is too late to do anything about it or not, I think only time will tell. But either way, I think the initial reports indicate that there is something very, very serious brewing underneath the surface there in Turkey and I think that this thing could have explosive effects or may have repercussions that none of us for all intents and purposes are able to see.