The scenarios that show Erdoğan suffering from epilepsy are a cause of great concern for NATO and the US, since the already unpredictable “sultan” could make decisions under the pressure caused by his troubled state of health.

The “thriller” surrounding the state of health of Tayyip Erdoğan has sounded the alarm in the secret services of America, Europe, Greece and Turkey.

The scenarios that show Erdoğan suffering from epilepsy are a cause of great concern for NATO and the US, since the already unpredictable “sultan” could make decisions under the pressure caused by his troubled state of health.

In fact, they do not rule out the possibility that, in his attempt to demonstrate that he is perfectly healthy, Erdoğan could proceed with high-risk moves that will change the agenda.

Indeed, the sicker and weaker Erdoğan appears, the stronger the controversy surrounding his person becomes, with all the consequences that such developments entail.

Until now, Tayyip Erdoğan appeared to rule with an iron fist and make high-risk decisions, bringing back the risk of neo-Ottomanism.

Turkey’s military presence in Syria, Libya, Azerbaijan, and now Afghanistan is part of the Ottoman Empire re-establishment doctrine.

The provocations of the Turkish president in the Aegean and the settlement of Famagusta indicate a ruthless leader.

That is why everyone is deeply afraid that the deterioration of his health will influence decisions of strategic importance.

What is certain is that Erdoğan is sick and he cannot conceal that.

The question that arises is what exactly does he suffer from.

Others speak of seizures and others point at more severe health problems.

In any case, it is certain that his condition will accelerate developments in Turkey.

However, this does not mean that things will be calm as long as a sick Erdoğan remains in power.

On the contrary, intelligence officials who analyze confidential information coming from Turkey claim that Erdoğan is about to proceed to spectacular and deranged actions, since the only thing that matters to him now is to go down in history.

Sluggish and sleepy

New concerns about Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s health were sparked by his appearance in a televised address to his fellow citizens last week, on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. During the adress, Erdoğan appeared sluggish and sleepy, struggling to articulate his words, speaking quite incoherently. At one point he let out a sigh, before closing his eyes for a second. Then, he quickly came around and finished his speech, but the damage was already done. The unedited video was aired by the Turkish news agency Anadolu, while the state-run TRT network cut out a few seconds from the clip. “The transmission of these images is really embarrassing” commented Habertürk columnist Fatih Altayli – one of Turkey’s best-known journalists – the following day, hinting that someone close to Erdoğan had deliberately leaked the unedited material in order to tarnish the president’s image. However, his comment angered the head of media and communications in the Turkish presidency, Fahrettin Altun, who accused Altayli of spreading “misinformation and lies”…

When Erdoğan demanded an investigation into Ecevit’s health

On his part, veteran journalist Can Dündar, who lives in self-imposed exile in Germany, recalled that Erdoğan had called for an investigation into the health of former Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) in 2002. “One does not die before living through what one condemned ” Dündar commented on Twitter, citing a quote attributed to the Prophet Muhammad. Ecevit “is definitely believed to be seriously ill and unable to carry out his duties,” Erdoğan said in May 2002, shortly after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was founded and a few months before coming to power for the first time. Ecevit was suffering from Parkinson’s disease at the time, but also from the neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis, according to columnist Sedat Ergin. Erdoğan asked for Ecevit’s resignation and called for snap elections.

Last week’s incident was not the first to spark concerns about Erdoğan’s health.

Erdoğan’s peculiar incidents

Four years ago, during a press conference with Petro Poroshenko, then-president of Ukraine, Erdoğan yawned and appeared quite drowsy , forcing the Ukrainian leader to discreetly tap the desk with his hand to help Erdoğan stay awake.

Also, last February, a video became viral showing Erdoğan descending a ladder supported by his wife Emine and an associate, following the end of his party’s congress in Istanbul.

“We are talking about a person who holds in his hands the fortune of a large country, Turkey, with a population of 90 million,” public health expert Ahmet Saltik commented on a TV broadcast a few days ago. He made mention of an incident in 2006, when Erdoğan found himself unable to open the locked doors of the car carrying him and his bodyguards were forced to break its windows with sledgehammers in order to get him out. The incident took place in front of a hospital in Ankara, to which Erdoğan was taken immediately for an examination. A neurologist named Sümer Güllap was the first to examine him, Saltik said. “Shortly afterwards, the 42-year-old doctor died of the flu. This leaves unanswered questions: why did our colleague die, and is there an autopsy report? ” he commented.

Information concerning Erdoğan’s state of health, since he almost completely controls the media, is not officially available, but some doctors have occasionally referred to the issue. Saltik said that in the opinion of psychiatrist Hakki Akalin, who lives in Switzerland, Erdoğan’s condition mostly resembled epilepsy. Rumors have circulated that the 2006 incident was related to an epilepsy seizure, but they have not been confirmed. Nevertheless, journalist Akif Beki, who was the spokesman for the prime minister at the time, claimed that Erdoğan was not sick, but rather had an episode of hypoglycemia.

In a televised interview two years ago, Beki admitted to seizing a journalist’s camera at the time of the incident, when he tried to take pictures of Erdoğan through the car window, and ordering the President’s bodyguards to hold the photojournalist during Erdoğan’s rescue and his admittance to the hospital. “We didn’t know what happened and he had taken the first photos. We didn’t even know if the prime minister would regain his health. So I asked them to hold him until we found out what happened. And I told him he would be released and his camera would be returned to him, as it happened” Beki said.

However, photojournalist Serdar Özsoy claimed that Beki had ordered Erdoğan’s bodyguards to attack him and snatch his camera. “Why would someone get angry at the legitimate interest in the health of the president or another government official?” asked journalist Murat Yetkin in an article on his website. “Altun cites the US as an example of media activity restriction, but that is on another level. The president of the United States regularly publishes reports on his state of health on the White House website”.