Just as Tony Blair’s wife finally persuaded him to become a Roman Catholic convert, so has Recep Erdogan’s wife finally persuaded him to make Turkey a fully Muslim country again and to neutralise the secular reforms of Kemal Ataturk in the 1920s.
The attempted army coup — which must now be regarded as a successful hoax — has enabled Erdogan to carry out the most extreme purges — some of the most extraordinarily rapid as ever in history — to advance the de-secularization of Turkey and the re-establishment of a predominantly religious country.
The latest purge. that of withdrawing the licence of 21,000 teachers in private schools, means that the last vestiges of a balanced curriculum will have gone.
The prospect of a Sunni-dominated Turkey with one of the largest armies in the world sitting next to a Shia-dominated nation is not a comfortable one. It would not be surprising if secret talks between America, Russia and China are already being arranged in order to prevent Armageddon in the Middle East.