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The Council Has Spoken! 02-18-2011

Once again, the votes have been cast, the Council has spoken and the results of this week’s Watcher’s Council contest of are history.

This week’s winner was Joshuapundit for Turkish PM Erdogan Consolidates His Islamist Regime By Purging The Military, my look at what’s going on under the wire in Turkey while the West’s eyes are focused on Egypt and the Arab world…and why it may end up being much more significant. Here’s a slice:

Turkey’s 1982 constitution proclaims Turkey’s system of government as democratic, secular, and parliamentary and the country’s original Constitution makes the military the guardian of Turkey’s secular rule. The largely secular Turkish military has historically been a check on both Islamist and Leftist elements in the country.

Erdogan and the AKP party checkmated that role by winning a referendum on September 12, 2010 on constitutional amendments that removed the remaining obstacles to its absolute power, targeting the courts and the military.

Among other things, the referendum allowed Erdogan to change the rules and try retired members of the Turkish military in civil court who participated in the last military coup against an Islamist government, back in 1980 when Turkey was beset by internal violence. It also allows him to try the current ‘conspirators’ in civilian rather than military courts. This ensures that the Turkish military will no longer be the guard of secularism that it was, and to guarantee that, the very composition of the military is being changed as AKP President Abdullah Gul has been intervening in promotions and appointments of generals to block all non-Islamists from acquiring command positions.

Second, to make sure the outcome of the trials aren’t in doubt, the new changes expanded the nation’s constitutional court from 11 to 17 judges and provides that the prime minister, Erdogan appointed 14 of them, with the legislature – that’s Erdogan’s AKP Party – choosing the other three.

Having finished appointing his hand picked new judges, Erdogan is using them to get rid of political opposition to him in the military and civil society, and to further consolidate the AKP’s rule and the increasing Islamization of Turkish law and society.

Our non-council winner, Gulag Bound scored with Top 5 Revolutions Backed by George Soros an examination of how busy the ex-Nazi collaborator and outlaw billionaire has been in fomenting Hope n’ Change around the world.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

*First place with 2 1/3 votes! – Joshuapundit-Turkish PM Erdogan Consolidates His Islamist Regime By Purging The Military

Second place with 1 2/3 votes Right Truth-Lies That Lead To War And Death

Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votesSimply JewsIn Doubt About Multiculturalism

Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votesThe Razor The Real Problem With Libertarianism

Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votesVA RightRon Paul’s Drug Problem

Third place with *t* 1 1/3 votesBookworm RoomObama suffers an empathy failure when it comes to Israel

Fourth place *t* with 1 voteRhymes With RightOdd, No Liberals Objected To Political Activity By This Judicial Spouse

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 voteThe Noisy Room – Soros, the Youth, High Tech and the Fundamental Change that is Revolution

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 voteThe Glittering Eye- From Memory

Sixth place with 1/3 voteGrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnDL’Etat C’est Moi

Non-Council Winners

First place with 2 votes! – Gulag Bound- Top 5 Revolutions Backed by George Soros submitted byThe Noisy Room

Second place *t* with i 2/3 votes – Ace of SpadesThank G-d Obama Gave That Cairo Speech, Eh?submitted bySnapped Shot

Second place *t* with i 2/3 votes – Le·gal In·sur·rec·tionThe Muslim Brotherhood’s Five-Year Plansubmitted byThe Watcher

Third Place with 1 1/3 votes –Wolf Howling http://wolfhowling.blogspot.com/2011/02/battles-that-changed-history-chip-yong.html submitted by Bookworm Room

Fourth place *t* with 1 vote -Melanie PhillipsThe Palestine Paper That Got Away submitted by Joshuapundit

Fourth place *t* with 1 vote -USNI BlogHH104, WWATMD… submitted by The Glittering Eye

Fourth place *t* with 1 vote -Zero Hedge – Jim QuinnGuest Post: Grapes Of Wrath – 2011 submitted by The Razor

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Danger Room – Wired‘Armed Humanitarians’ Kill People Between Sips of Tea submitted by Right Truth

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Project SyndicateThe Poverty of Dictatorship submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey

Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Modernity BlogChomsky And The IHR submitted by Simply Jews

Sixth place *t* with 1/3 voteThe Best DefenseWhat can Ike and Lawrence of Arabia teach us about Army personnel policy? submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD

Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote –Ray Gross/American Thinker – Sarah and the San Francisco Poster Wars submitted by The Watcher

See you next week!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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