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Turkey's ultrasecularist establishment, ensconced in the upper echelons of the judiciary and the military at the time, made no secret of its antipathy toward Erdogan and his political allies.The old guard's efforts largely backfired and served only to augment Erdogan's popularity.The ultimate irony of July's failed coup is that it was engineered not by Turkey's secularists, but by the Gulenist officers Erdogan had allowed to be promoted in their stead.In any case, the coup attempt has fully validated Erdogan's paranoia, which helps explain why the crackdown on Gulenists and other government opponents has been so ruthless and extensive.Erdogan continues to treat the HDP as a pariah.Anti-American rhetoric plays well in Turkey, and Erdogan is not beneath exploiting it.Erdogan is making the same tragic mistake he made in 2009-2010: using his vast popularity to undermine democracy and the rule of law rather than restoring them – and thus rendering moderation and political reconciliation all the more difficult in the future.Erdogan has twice had the chance to be a great leader.
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