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Monday, August 15, 2016

Turkish Media Figures it Out: Gülen Must Be Armenian. Or Jewish. Or Better Yet, Both!

Note; I'm actually on vacation this week, but due to my surgeries and such I've been neglectful of the blog, so I plan to play catch-up this week.

The Turkish government's war of words against Fethullah Gülen faces some limitations since Gülen and President Erdoğan were friends and allies until fairly recently. Now that Gülen is accused of being the mastermind behind the July 15 coup and most of the other problems Turkey faces (any day now they may prove he was on the Grassy Knoll in Dallas as well), it could be awkward if Gülen is in fact the good Sunni cleric and philanthropist he claims to be. So there must be a more sinister explanation. As Pinar Tremblay at Al-Monitor notes, some of the more creative columnists have figured it out: he's not even Turkish; he's secretly Armenian! Or maybe Jewish! Or — wait for it — he's Armenian with a Jewish mother!

There's some mention of the Vatican and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as well. The Illuminati do not (yet) appear to be involved.

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