Turkey has a history of military coups. They occurred when the elected governments had lost control of an ever restless populace which was usually in political conflict and economic recession. Here is a brief history of such since 1960
The military as well as some secular conservatives, are always suspicious of a government with roots in political Islam, and see any change as part of a hidden plot to subvert Turkey’s secular constitution and promote religion in public life.
As for Erdogan, he has been inching ever more closely to a resurrection of the Ottoman Empire:
He is pressuring the Christian World once again by repeating his famous words “the world is bigger than five,” referring to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council which he said does not represent the world. There needs to be a “sixth” according to Erdogan. This “sixth” seat must represent the “Muslim Ummah” (the Muslim Nation) according to Erdogan which he wants to control.
He has been inching ever more closely to an Islamist state, and Is Now Confiscating Christian Churches And Will Be Demolishing Them.
His move toward total fascism appears to be complete by the oppression of the press, political opposition, and complete disregard for the Constitution.
All of the above brings us to the failed coup attempt.:
The Turkish government on Sunday ratcheted up its crackdown on alleged plotters of the botched coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to government officials, arrest warrants have been issued for as many as 6,000 people, including military officers, judges, and prosecutors.
This could get nasty:
Erdogan called on the U.S. Saturday to extradite a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania following a failed military coup.
In a televised speech, Erdogan said Turkey had never refused any request by the U.S. to extradite “terrorists” and invoked Washington and Ankara's relationship as "strategic partners" in an effort to force the return his arch enemy Fethullah Gulen, whom he says is behind the coup.
What will the administration in DC do?
Walid Shoebat has an interesting theory that this “Failed Military Coup” In Turkey Is Just Another False Flag Attack By Turkish President Erdogan To Consolidate His Power And Create A Neo-Ottoman Islamic Super State.
Shoebat has two scenarios:
The first scenario assumes that the coup was truly an act of the military against the government. This could be organized by solely the military, or it could be “influenced” by either the Germans or the Russians. Each group would have competing interests for why they would do it, but the point would be in any case to get control over Turkey in order to use that nation for a greater geopolitical end.
The second scenario is that the coup was a false flag event- it would be the government using the military to attack itself designed by nothing other than Erdogan himself. The goal would be to give the appearance of a rebellion, orchestrated at the hands of a few expendable officers, after which the coup would be violently crushed and Erdogan would re-emerged as a “victorious leader” around which people would rally. This would allow him to consolidate his power, purge his enemies with public support, and further his Islamist visions.
Even if Shoebat's theory is not correct, things do not bode well for either the Turkish people or for relations with the U.S. as well as with the entire West. The demand for the extradition of Gulen can be a very thorny sticking point. If the US refuses, Erdogan can use this as an excuse to further his lack of cooperation regarding use of Incirlik.
As noted above, he is already showing signs of pushing for a resurrection of the Ottoman Empire and an Islamist state by both his demands to the UN for a 6th seat for the Ummah and the takeover of Christian churches.
Whether or not this failed coup was a genuine revolt against Erdogan's ever intensifying move toward an Islamofascist state or a false flag, the endgame may well be near completion for the Turkish people as well as for the possible complete severance of all ties with the west.
The situation is beyond critical. How the West will handle the outcome remains to be seen.