This time around though, the imperfections and deficiencies of the plan were detected, and a much more detailed plan of action was produced. In accordance with this, the new plan listed the names of targets and people shouldering duties within the coup, how the various military units were to be used during the actual coup and -- most notably -- which individuals were to lead which institutions in the wake of the coup and which individuals were to compose the cabinet of government ministers.
Gülen movement was trying to set up traps for the military and nationalists was created. At the same time, the rise of uneasiness toward Turkey in Europe began to be reflected in EU circles.
It is the first time in Turkey that an attempted coup is being tried based on this many details and concrete pieces of evidence. The defense asserts that since the suspects in the Sept. 12, 1980 coup were actually successful, they cannot be seen as guilty, and since the Balyoz suspects did not actually carry out a coup, they are also not guilty… As for Turkish society, it is familiar with these events through its own experiences from the “inside.” It is clearly evident that Balyoz was, in fact, an attempted coup, and that it was a product of what happened on Sept. 12, 1980. What is different this time around is that for the first time, civilian society has demanded a trial and is calling a spade a spade at last.
Published on Today's Zaman, 12 April 2012, Thursday