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Turkey Will Pay a Price for Executing Traitors

Reinstating the death penalty for coup plotters would end Turkey's bid to join the EU.

Weighing democracy vs. strength.

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Cleaning up after a coup is dirty work. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will consider the death penalty for the plotters -- of whom there may be thousands. That would certainly send a tough message to anyone who sees the near-miss coup as evidence that his democratically elected government is vulnerable.

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