Eric Margolis - September 14, 2009
Violent rain storms lashed Istanbul, a metropolis of 12 million last week, leaving 31 dead and a huge mess. At the same time, Turkey was experiencing an even more violent and dangerous political tempest.
The name “Ergenekon” may not be familiar to non-Turks, but this murky affaire has riveted Turkey’s 70 million people.
Thirty-three members of a neo-fascist group called Ergenekon have been on trial, accused of murder, terrorism, and trying to overthrow the elected government. The trial was temporarily suspended after the courthouse was flooded out.
The trial has been laying bare the workings of the `deep state,’ a powerful cabal of retired military officers, security forces, gangsters, government officials, judges, and business oligarchs that has long been the real power in this complex nation.
Turkey’s military vigorously denies any links to the Ergenekon.