TURKEY: The Army Conglomerate

In addition to practicing the profession of arms, military men in some countries have maneuvered themselves into a new and more profitable role: private entrepreneurs. Despite a war that might have been expected to occupy all their time, army colonels in South Viet Nam operated a string of civilian enterprises that included banking, construction and transportation, until a government crackdown earlier this year forced them out of business (TIME, April 3). The military in Indonesia owns a domestic airline, Mandala, bus services and banks. For sheer scope, drive and staying power, however, the business offensive of Turkey's army is in...

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