The first news bulletins raised the wildest hopes: In a once familiar pattern,
The first announcement from those officers heading the coup seemed to promise as much. They said they'd seized control of the country "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for law and order to be reinstated."
Those officers were acting in the tradition of the military leader who had overthrown a corrupt regime and created modern
Support for the military as a guardian of the country's stability and modernity remains strong in
"The people tried to stand up against President Erdogan, but they couldn't, they were crushed, so the military had no choice but to take over." Or as a teacher said in
"The country is in chaos, and Erdogan needs to be put in his place, but I'm afraid. I'm very afraid because in the past a lot of innocent blood was shed in these coups. I'm anxious. I don't know what to say at this point. We are all in shock. No one thought that the military would stand up against Erdogan." But it did, or at least some of it did before being crushed. And hope delayed soon became hope denied.
At least since the French Revolution set the pattern, the urban middle class -- the bourgeoisie -- has been the seedbed of the greatest changes. And as long as
For a moment, the sun had broken through the clouds. And the old