After the July 16, 2016 failed coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey hopes to legitimize his dictatorial powers by passing and implementing the revised constitutional referendum on April 16. He also hopes to control 3 million European Turkish votes.
The European Union states, not tolerating Erdogan’s verbal, tyrannical abuse, and “political” imprisonment of some 500,000 people in Turkey, have banned travel and speech for Turkey’s foreign minister and other officials to Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
In response, Erdogan deported Dutch cows back to Netherlands, vowed to go to Germany, unwelcomed, and “turn the world upside down.”
Germany has long apologized for the Jewish Holocaust and paid retributions. Erdogan, to this day, is in denial against documented historical facts on the 1915 Genocide of the Armenians.
An old proverb says, “What goes around, comes around.” Is there room to smile? We’ll see.
Nazik Kotcholosian Messerlian, Fresno,