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In less than a month, a sequence of separate but equally disturbing events – from the Brexit to the attempted coup in Turkey – has highlighted the heavy trend toward disintegration afflicting the Middle East and Europe.The consequences of a successful military coup in Turkey would have been tragic – we have but to think of Egypt's overthrow of a democratically elected government.Internationally, the impact of a victorious military coup in Turkey would have been devastating.The failed coup is a moment of truth for the democratic Turkey project.Some of the first measures announced, such as the potential reintroduction of the death penalty, indicate that the consequences of the coup could transform Turkey from an example of Muslim democracy, described to me by Mehmet Aydin, philosopher and leader of the AK Party, into an authoritarian country. More democracy in Turkey is the only way to honor those who died preventing the coup.
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