An operation that leaves a bitter taste
If a government
-Yells out that those attacking Süleyman Şah will get their answer;
-Encourages its supporters to dream about conquests;
-Brags about “we will enter Damascus in three days;”
-Starts a period in foreign policy of bashing everybody;
-Begins to show off saying, “See, we even bash Obama;”
-Is distanced from being rational;
-Dreams of becoming a big brother to the Middle East;
-Has started to say “we are the game changers in this neighborhood;”
-Has not even once said a “human’s life is sacred, not the land;”
-Kept yelling “our ancestors, our ancestors;”
-Shouted every time it opens its mouth, saying, “No one shall test our might…”
One would expect from that government an act that is in accordance with its rhetoric. In other words; an irrational action is expected, not a rational withdrawal plan.
This is the reason why the Süleyman Şah operation has left a bitter taste, even in the mouth of those close to the government.
The government applied a rational plan so that soldiers do not fall hostage to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, so that the tomb is not harmed, so that there are no clashes and so that there is no war.
The government is now asking: Why are the government and opposition not sharing the same sentiment? Why is everybody not supporting this rational policy? Why is everybody not supporting this cross-border operation? Why have the state and the nation not converged fully?
You have formulated all your policies over “50 percent is against the other 50 percent.” You have not left any crumb for solidarity. You have treated as evil even the tiniest bit of opposition. You have closed all doors to dialogue.
And now you expect national unity.
-Mosul was to become the 82nd and Cairo the 83rd province of Turkey... What happened to that?
-We were supposed to enter Damascus in three hours... What happened to that?
-We were supposed to pray in the Umayyad mosque... What happened to that?
-Süleyman Shah was national land... What happened to that?
-Kobane was supposed to fall into the hands of ISIL... What happened to that?
-We were going to enter Gaza... What happened to that?
Presenting the transfer of a tomb as a victory
One can evacuate soldiers and transfer a tomb so that the lives of soldiers are spared, but
that’s not where the problem is.
The problem is to present this as a “victory unseen in history.”