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MEHMET ALİ BİRAND > Mega Kurdish state is being founded

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Others have mentioned this topic before me. But that is not important, I want to reiterate and draw your attention again.

Developments in Syria are shifting in different directions. The scenario I am talking about may not come true, but if it does we will be crying over spilt milk. I am quite angry at those who do not see where things are heading. This is not acceptable. What we have been fearing for years will actually happen because of our incompetence and because of our small thinking.

Let me explain.

Nobody knows to what extent this is true, but according to reports coming from both the opposition forces and observers, Bashar al-Assad is gradually giving up the fight in those regions close to the Turkish border. He is withdrawing his present forces toward Damascus and obviously he prioritizes the protection of Damascus, his presidential palace, and consequently himself and his family.

Reports are also coming through that Syrians of Kurdish origin are hoping to fill this vacuum. Kurds cannot find a better opportunity. They may or may not succeed, but they will surely want to make use of this opportunity.

Well, this is Turkey’s biggest fear: Kurds in Iraq and Syria acting together and gradually turning themselves into one unit. In the future they may annex other “sections” in Turkey and Iran and form a “Greater Kurdistan.”

Such developments are unfolding in the region and boundaries are so slippery that big sentences like “it will not happen,” or “we will not let it happen” cannot be uttered.

This kind of a thing could indeed happen and Turkey might just as well fall short of intervening.
Then, what are we going to do? Open war?

We should open our eyes, or we will break up
What do we do against all these developments? What would a smart society do?

Would it not see the bigger picture, understand where the incidents are heading, and try to solve the issue within its own land to avoid separation? Here is the most essential question: What effort are we making to solve our own Kurdish issue, to comfort our own citizens of Kurdish origin?

Like the janissary band, two steps forward, one step backward.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) did not only take two steps, but three or four steps forward. Then it stopped. As a matter of fact, we had high hopes. We were aware that the separation of the country could have been prevented if the issue was reduced to “habitable” levels.

We have seen the dangers of reducing the issue to simply terror and the fight against PKK and to stay there permanently.

Either we are completely wrong or the government does not see the bigger picture. It assumes that it can lead anywhere with stances similar to that of the Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin. It is not making use of the opportunities that have arrived, in order not to lose any votes to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Because of small political calculations, we are losing a major cause. Either that or the government is playing such a marvelous chess game that none of us can understand.

If so, be sure that I am ready to apologize. If not, then I will continue to cry out that my country is being pushed to division step by step and that those responsible should be held accountable.

Let’s see who will be proved right.

July/27/2012

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Murat

7/27/2012 9:51:13 PM

I am amazed at people who basically suggest that USA should have tried to sit at a table with Osama and negotiate. It is a shame Turks did not do to the Kurdish Osama what USA did to the Arab one. You commit mass murder, you get no options. World does not work that way. I dont care what Kurds do in Syria or Irak, at least next time they kill we will know exactly who is responsible and where to bomb.

ismail demir

7/27/2012 8:27:03 PM

I dont agree with Falk since almost all reforms were made to avoid ECHR anti-Turkey verdicts.The primary mistake of Turkey, not giving enough punishment to teror supporters.

Nuri Gotham

7/27/2012 8:00:16 PM

The Kurdish issue is an Achille's Heel for the countries with Kurdish population. It effected Iraq, presently Syria, the next Iran and the last will be Turkey. She may annex the entire Kurdistan into a new Anatolian Federated state.

Turk Uzan

7/27/2012 7:01:07 PM

I agree with Falk, STOP your reforms untill you've totally decimated the PKK, the PKK uses YOUR reforms as propaganda. The AKP does something for the Kurds, and the PKK takes credit for it acting like them killing innocents is what lead to the positive reform. This is how PKK gets much of it's backing. Also supporting N-Iraq is a wrong move, even if we have common interests, we should ALWAYS support the central Iraqi gov first. IF the AKP had taken action vs Syria this wouldn't be happening

Blue Dotterel

7/27/2012 6:51:56 PM

Nothing new here. The Ralph Peter's map for redrawing the ME has been on the table for years and is a part of US foreign policy. That the AKP leadership are supporting this policy and the breakup of Turkey is obvious from its behaviour towards Syria. The AKP leadership has become a major threat to Turkey's national security.

Falk Bernard

7/27/2012 6:24:18 PM

Turkey made one mistake: when a minority takes up arms to get independence, it won’t be satisfied with less than its goal. Or you defeat their militants. If you haven’t defeated them, talking and introducing reforms like nothing happened (just like AKP has done past years), is the road leading to disaster.

Nuri Gotham

7/27/2012 5:54:52 PM

in last 80 years,Turkey has not exposed Kurdish alphabet, language, history and map of the Greater Kurdistan to her citizens. But through the recent Arab and Kurdish Springs the media has taught Turks who their true and historical neighbors are. Kurdish and Turkish friendship goes back to the times of Zengi and Saladdin of Medieval times. Welcome Greater Kurdistan instead of southern Iraq, Syria and western Iran !

Tamer Aslantas

7/27/2012 5:31:37 PM

All that dividing when we should be uniting! Turkey Iraq Syria should all be one! Who do you consider brothers then Doctor Osmanov, murderous PKK?

Hakan Osman

7/27/2012 5:08:00 PM

There are no Kurds--they are just Mountainous Turks who ended up in Syria. We have nothing to worry about.

B Medic

7/27/2012 4:33:27 PM

Yet another baseless Turkish conspiracy theory. If Turks would spend half the time on dealing with their real problems instead of cooking up fears and conspiracies about their neighbours and minorities, the country would be the best in the World for people to live in.
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