- A U.S. Army UH–60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed on golf course in Maryland, killing one soldier and injuring two others.
Mark Steyn writes that Tayyip Recep Erdoğan’s victory in Sunday’s referendum spells the end of the Kemalist republic, an outcome he predicted ten years ago:
Sultan Erdoğan – who, a mere 15 years ago, was banned from holding political office – has now succeeded in dismantling almost every defining element of the Kemalist republic. What replaces it will be a crude strongman state in service of Islamic imperialism. I have read a lot of commentary this morning, starting with Douglas Murray’s “Turkish Democracy Has Just Died” and moving on to Yavuz Baydar’s “The End Of Turkey As We Know It” via Alex Alexiev’s “Who Lost Turkey?” And several readers have been kind enough to inquire where’s my own “Who Lost Turkey?” piece. Well, the truth is I published it exactly ten years ago, to the day of Erdoğan’s referendum. From the April 16th 2007 edition of National Review, “De-Boning Turkey”:
The modern secular Muslim state – a country that gave women the vote before Britain did and was Israel’s best friend in an otherwise hostile region – certainly, that Turkey seems to be being de-boned by the hour: it now has an Islamist government whose Prime Minister has canceled trade deals with Israel, denounced the Iraqi elections, and frosted out the US Ambassador because he was Jewish; a new edition of Mein Kampf is prominently displayed at the airport bookstore. In other words, the Zionist Entity’s best pal is starting to look like just another cookie-cutter death-to-the-Great-Satan stan-of-the-month.
Donald Trump reportedly called Erdoğan to congratulate him on his new dictatorial powers. Turkey’s cabinet extended the state of emergency by another three months; this state of emergency started after last July’s attempted military coup.
South Korean prosecutors charged former President Park Geun-hye and the chairman of the Lotte Group conglomerate, Shin Dong-bin, with bribery.
Russia’s Federal Security Service claims it arrested the organizer of the April 3rd attack on the St. Petersburg subway.