That was the threatening text gotten by a senior officer in the Turkish military as he consumed supper with buddies on a Friday night in July.
The middle-aged officer, published abroad in Europe, wasn’t at first alarmed. He continued his supper. When he started to browse online, he found a tried coup was taking location.
“There was mayhem. There was condition. Nobody understood exactly what was occurring in Turkey,” he stated, remembering scenes of tanks on the Bosporus Bridge.
The officer did not straight address a concern about whether he was a Gulenist himself, rather stating that by the Turkish federal government’s meaning, anybody from Donald Trump to Pope Francis might be implicated of supporting Gulen.
“If you had any sort of association with these fans then you are a terrorist,” he stated.
Removed from the military and in exile, the officer is confronted with constructing a brand-new life.
“I was a senior Turkish military authorities, with high qualifications, with an excellent track record,” he stated.
“Your credibility amongst your peers; your dreams on your own, for your household, for your associates … they all collapsed at a single minute.”
But he stays meticulously confident about the future of his nation.
“I believe in the long term, our country– the knowledge, the historic knowledge of our country– would not permit this decrease to end up being a collapse.”