The bar for Erdogan brand crazy is getting pretty high these days ever since his chief adviser began talking about Telekinesis plots to kill him. And in all fairness, the Islamist Prime Minister of Turkey was recently hoping to add Syria to his Islamist power orbit, only to lose Egypt.
And he can easily imagine the Occupy Gezi protesters and the beleaguered Turkish military, most of which is in jail, deciding to pull a Morsi on him once his phony economy comes down over his hairy ears.
Still this isn’t exactly a man who is playing with all his marbles.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan has suggested that Israel is behind the military intervention in Egypt that removed President Mohamed Morsy in early July.
“Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence,” Erdoğan told members of his party meeting in Ankara on Tuesday in statements quoted by Today’s Zaman newspaper. Erdogan cited a French Jewish intellectual, without mentioning his name, who, according to Erdoğan, said in 2011 that the Muslim Brotherhood would not be in power even if they are elected because “democracy is not the ballot box.”
Apparently Erdogan meant this 2011 video of Bernard Henri Levy, a French Jewish philosopher, and Tzipi Livni, at the time a member of the opposition.
Turkey’s prime minister on Tuesday accused Israel of being behind the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, offering as the only evidence for his claim a statement by a Jewish French intellectual during a meeting with an Israeli official.
“What is said about Egypt? That democracy is not the ballot box. Who is behind this? Israel is. We have the evidence in our hands,” Erdogan said in a televised address to officials from his Islamic-rooted, ruling party. “That’s exactly what happened.”
An aide later told The Associated Press that the evidence Erdogan was referring to was a video “available on the Internet” of a press conference by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy.
The official said that as far as he knew, that was the only evidence of the claim. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with government rules that bar him from speaking to reporters without prior authorization.
Tzipi Livni, being her idiot self, is clearly zoning out while Levy is talking, playing with her hair and looking out into space. Levy says that he would not consider the Muslim Brotherhood a democratic organization, states that democracy is values, not just ballots, and that he would support an overthrow of the Brotherhood, which at the time was not yet in power.
As proof of an Israeli conspiracy to overthrow Morsi, the presence of a future Israeli member of government at a discussion where someone else says that he would endorse the overthrow of a future Muslim Brotherhood government is pretty thin.
The West likes to pretend that Erdogan isn’t a lunatic. Unfortunately for them, he insists on proving them wrong.
At least it’s not another telekinesis plot.