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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Turkey’s “struggle with ISIL” has turned out to be an armed struggle with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a domestic offensive against the Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a general witch hunt against dissent and finally a search for a homeland for Turkmens in northern Syria
Turkey supposedly gave up its reluctance to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and joined the anti-ISIL coalition, but in reality, the Turkish government started military operations against both ISIL and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) at the same time
“Reset” was the title of the Stephen Kinzer book (2010, Times Book) on the possible prospects of the Middle East.
A political consensus to restore democracy is the only solution to Turkey’s deteriorating politics, but every day, we are moving further away from any possibility of a coalition that aims at a consensus.
By paving the way for the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate as the new speaker of parliament, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) “disappointed” not only the Republican People’s Party (CHP) but also leftist democrats and liberals.
As it is unclear when Turkey will manage to end its political uncertainty through the formation of a coalition government, we face a new crisis of foreign policy concerning Syria
The joy of the general election is over. It was democracy which won the elections, not the governing party or the opposition, and now a “peace process” is needed
It was an election between those who opposed the “one-party regime” and those who supported it, (or perhaps could not comprehend the danger of such a regime for democracy and the future of the country).
Turkey has already adopted a de facto “leadership” or “supreme guidance” system.
This is not an ordinary election, the fate of Turkey will be sealed in less than two weeks’ time
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