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MEHMET ALİ BİRAND > Gül’s aim was to ‘fine tune’ the ruling party

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The Çankaya Presidential Mansion has completed a successful “fine tuning” operation. The messages contained in the statements of the president’s press advisor, Ahmet Sever, have reached their targets.

President Abdullah Gül, this way, did what the prime minister did not do; he was able to draw the attention of everyone.

A member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) who is close to the prime minister had an interesting comment to make:

“… An accumulated annoyance has been released. It was a very useful statement from that point of view. If such a step had not been taken then the strain would have continued to build up and perhaps a much more destructive reaction would have taken place tomorrow or the next day. Now, with this fine tuning, everybody will fine tune themselves.”

As a matter of fact, nobody said anything except for Education Minister Hüseyin Çelik, and he was also extra careful. AK Party members have a tendency to speak too much. If they were a little more careful about their statements then these kind of developments would not occur. But it does not work that way, and someone always has to step up and say: “This is enough friends, keep quiet, know your place.”

If Turkey does not want to be separated

No offense, but Turkey has not been able to upgrade itself to the position of playmaker in the region yet. We are an influential country and our word is taken into account. There is no doubt about that. However, being a “playmaker” is something else.

The playmaker in the region is still the United States.

Currently, we are in fear. The question “Will a Mega Kurdish state be formed?” is being asked.

Let’s know this very well, and acknowledge that no Kurdish leader alone could found a “Mega Kurdistan.” This dream could only be accomplished through particular international circumstances. Only if “playmaker” countries (like the U.S.) assist, could it ever happen.

Don’t let the words of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Philip Gordon, “We will not allow a Kurdish state in Syria,” thrill you. Tomorrow, circumstances might change drastically and the same Gordon will then need to explain “how inevitable the formation of a Kurdish state is.”

Separately, no Kurdish leader would ever turn his back on an opportunity to found a “Mega Kurdistan.” If one day international circumstances allow for it, they would immediately act upon it. Just as we cannot blame anybody for this situation, we also cannot prevent it by sending our armies. On the contrary, if such a probability reaches an inevitable stage, then we should protect it, take it under our wing.

This does not mean we need to applaud the idea of “Mega Kurdistan.” Of course, we have a right to express our objections. However, if one day we are face to face with facts, what should we do?

Are we going to send our troops? Are we going to go to war with the Kurds of the world?

No.

Let’s be realistic and let’s not set targets that we cannot reach.

Maybe you ask: “How is that so? How could we not prevent such a process and allow our country to be divided?”

If we enter such a process, the way out of separation is not by using arms. Smart countries and administrations would first look after their own Kurds.

August/01/2012

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