“Whoever fears defeat will always be defeated” (Bayezid Yildirim).
Dust is falling off from the days of the Ottoman’s children. Its features continue to appear through the days of the modern Turkey, which is in the reign of the modern children, “and this is how the days alternate among the people.”
The European countries had expressed reservations concerning Turkey’s referendum, or rather, Erdogan’s referendum, and had issued unwelcoming statements. On the other hand, from the congratulatory phone calls made by the US President Donald Trump, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and the regional great King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, it is safe to assume that Erdogan considers the EU statements with utter disregard.
Before the referendum, Erdogan seemed confident about his success. However, the result came as a surprise because the victory was by a slight margin, especially from several strategic areas like Istanbul and Ankara.
Warning bells were strong in those two cities. Perhaps, the reason is the economic difficulties that have strained Turkey. Its currency fluctuations could have affected the convictions of many voters in those strategic areas, which are considered more of economic areas than political.
After the results were announced and the matter became a reality, President Erdogan issued several messages as directives. A step to review the results of the referendum was not one among them, either through petitions or judicial lawsuits or even by casting doubts on the result or process, despite the slight winning margin and weak performance in major cities.
It is noticed that the president, immediately after the unofficial announcement of the victory of Turkish “Yes” Camp, had chaired the Cabinet meeting and visited the graves of former Turkish prime minister Adnan Menderes, the eighth Turkish president Turgut Özal, and another former prime minister necmettin (Najmudin) Erbakan.
Naturally, such visits gave observers some political indications, or rather insinuations, especially his visit to the grave of the late Turgut Ozal.
These visits should not be regarded as being based on coincidence or sentiments because, when it comes to Erdogan, one can write his political biography with every political step he takes pragmatically.
In a public televised interview, a person was asked about his reaction to the referendum, especially after the polls showed that the “Yes” Camp emerged victorious. His response was, “O’ Erdogan, It is your day” – something that I completely concur with.
However, will the effect of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk continue? Or is it a new era to which Turkey is bound? This will be known soon.
By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi