The downfall

“In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and aisers to fight to the last man.

‘Downfall’ explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders, such as Himmler and Goering, began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to

andldquoIn April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and aisers to fight to the last man.

andlsquoDownfalland#39 explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders, such as Himmler and Goering, began defecting from their beloved Fanduumlhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others, like Joseph Goebbels pledge to die with Hitler Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrenderandrdquo This is the storyline of the 2004 movie andldquoDownfallandquot as shared on IMDb.

This weekand#39s developments inside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) suddenly reminded me of this movie. A clash between the deputy prime minister and government spokesperson, Banduumllent ArInandccedil, and the mayor of Ankara, Melih Gandoumlkandccedilek, revealed the conflict and dichotomy.

First, ArInandccedil criticized President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan for intervening in government policies andldquothis much,andrdquo regarding the monitoring board for the Kurdish peace process. Then Gandoumlkandccedilek hit back at ArInandccedil, taking his side with ErdoIan.

ArInandccedil responded frankly, stating that Gandoumlkandccedilek is corrupt and sold government lands as if they were his. Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIlu declared that they will be subject to disciplinary measures within the party if they do it again, like a schoolteacher trying to establish his authority.

Ex-president Abdullah Ganduumll looks like he has opted out for now, but Iand#39m sure he will insert himself back into politics just after the elections. Furthermore, Twitter phenomenon Fuat Avni tweeted that ErdoIan suspects that Ganduumll encouraged the ArInandccedil-Gandoumlkandccedilek conflict.

Yesterday, President ErdoIan made another declaration arguing that he was elected and that an elected leader cannot be a dictator He not only doesnand#39t know history, but also canand#39t see what is happening in his policy. I really wonder what he is doing in his spare time, but I suggest that he watch historical movies focusing on the Nazi era I really donand#39t want to insult the president by establishing a similarity between him and Hitler, but it is essential to look to history and see what has happened before.

Half of the population in Turkey, including all opposition leaders, accuses him of becoming a dictator via the actions and operations he pursues. The security package — a bill that undermines all universal human rights standards — was the last nail in the coffin, and now AKP is pushing it in Parliament.

Everyone knows that ErdoIan is still behind all of these policies, contrary to his oath to act impartially, and it is a clear violation of the Constitution. He files cases against teenagers who retweet criticisms and files complaints against journalists who criticize his policies.

In my opinion, this week was the beginning of the decent. Maybe the AKP can manage to enter the elections as a united political party, but it is obvious that a downfall has started and separation is inevitable.

American author Charles Bukowski said, andldquoThe difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later in a dictatorship you donand#39t have to waste your time voting.andrdquo What is the regime called when we take orders first and vote later?

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman