Only days before the crucial national vote, Turkeyand’s election mood offers nothing but profound concern.
Pro-government media, plus the andquotmainstreamandquot media, strictly self-censored by its proprietors in fear of losing lucrative public contracts, have been deliberately failing to reflect that critical mood, but anyone with sanity in todayand’s Turkey is worried that the state of the nation leaves no room for optimism in the future.
Peopl from all walks of life, who constitute fine human resources, express their worries in private, from their legitimate vantage points.
To those who do so, it is not a Turkey that they had expected, after some 12 years of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule. After all, any new election would be part of a andquotnormalizationandquot — a term often used by the AKPand’s now andquotliquidatedandquot founding father, former President Abdullah Gandul — endorsing a new political system, updated for putting Turkey into the forefront of andquotmodel countries,and” as a source of inspiration for healthy democratic transition, benevolent to all parts of society in need of peaceful coexistence within.
In the overall outlook, Turkey, despite the odds and through its erratic management, still has the ingredients for further progress, yet the massive amount of anxiety and tension accumulated in it contradict any prospect, sending out an SOS.
Why? What is the core problem? If you ignore the largely biased and submissive media, and lend an ear to the wise people of the country, the source of troubles we are dragged into — as someone I talked to said, andquotup to 90 percentandquot — relates solely to one man: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
If that is an accurate observation, this has also to do with the andquotsiegeandquot he is now under — of a poisonous-minded circle of sycophants, and the fact that nobody anymore raises even a whisper in terms of dissent to his words and deeds. This unacceptable constellation has sadly derailed Turkey almost entirely from its keenly observed path to democracy.
As put by the Guardian, in its editorial yesterday:
andquotAnd there is a more fundamental reason to be fearful of what the future may bring for Turkey. Mr Erdogan has maximised his constituency in the somewhat poorer, somewhat less westernised and more religiously inclined segments of Turkish society, and he has acquired a substantial body of big business supporters who benefit from association with him.
andquotBut he has no lines out to the younger, more modern classes of Turkey, people with concerns about the environment, sexual tolerance, ethnic and religious pluralism, and grassroots activism. andhellip He has captured one half of his society but lost the other half, if he ever had any hold on it. That is unhealthy.andquot
Unhealthy it is, indeed. Driven by immense, uncontrollable anger against anyone and any institution that goes on disagreeing with him, and shaken by fear of being made accountable for abuses of power — corruption allegations and constitutional breaches that abound — he sees the stretching of its limits to new boundaries as a sole way for political survival –apparently unaware of, or no longer sensitive to, the earlier examples of failure in history.
The tools he applies and the measures he unleashes against members of the judiciary and the media have now brought Turkey to the brink of a nightmare. As if the jailing of judges for the judgments they made is not enough, he is now more openly than ever before threatening journalists and editors for what they are trying to carry out: journalism.
The notorious andquotdark forcesandquot of Turkey, back into dirty games, these days applaud silently when the impartial judiciary and independent journalism here are harassed and criminalized.
There are fresh allegations by a whistleblower on social media — who has proven to be right in many cases — that 200 people, including the editors of this newspaper, as well as others from Cumhuriyet, Taraf, Zaman and Bugandun, are to be arrested days before the election. Such a crackdown might seem far-fetched, although it is, given the state of things, highly likely.
With the ballot boxes the only way out, Turkey is heading for trouble. No matter what the result, there will be a deeper crisis. This is the end product of a 12-year-long AKP rule: leaving a andquotpolice stateandquot as the only ruling option.
Such a sad story.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman