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A nation must think before it acts.
On Friday, July 15, 2016, elements within the Turkish military attempted to carry out a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—this attempt ultimately failed, and did so fairly quickly. The results were bloody, culminating in the death of approximately 300 people, over 1,400 injured, the arrest of thousands of soldiers, and the removal of hundreds of judiciary members. What’s more, analysts of Turkey fear that this failed coup attempt will push Erdogan once and for all to the dark side of authoritarianism—a tendency which he has been flirting with for some time as he single-handedly worked to chip away at Turkey’s democratic character one step at a time.
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