Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s hubris has destablised a nation of pivotal regional importance
Hubris begets nemesis, as the ancient Greeks opined. It’s a life lesson Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s arrogant leader, appears unable to absorb as his country teeters over an abyss of his making. Erdoğan argued in June’s elections that an all-powerful executive presidency was the best way to govern – and he was the best man for the job. His wish was granted. Now Turkey is in crisis. The fall from grace – this shattering of the omnipotent strongman-sun king image – has come more quickly than anybody imagined. And since Erdoğan is in sole charge these days, he will be hard put to avoid sole blame.
Who can save Turkey from itself? The question is incorrectly framed. It really should be: who can save Turkey from Erdoğan?