Saving Yemen shoulder to shoulder with Sisi
“Eat a big mouthful, but don’t make big promises,” a Turkish saying goes. Our ancestors were right, weren’t they?
What were we saying yesterday about Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi? We were saying he was “a dictator, coup stager and murderer.” We said we would not sit at his table.
Remember the “Rabia” signs of the previous election campaigns… What kind of ambition, determination, enthusiasm and arrogance did those fingers showcase at rallies?
The tears that were withheld from each of our children killed during Gezi, were kept, accumulated and shed in buckets, with some accompanying compassionate words, for the children dying in Cairo…
Those were the days when they couldn’t put a foot wrong. They were the older brother of the Middle East, the “guardian,” boasting about this at election rallies… Those mighty days when there were attempts to wipe away the whole republic to set up a supposedly New Turkey…
We were the self-declared respected leader of the Middle East, like the film character Polat Alemdar… You remember, right?
Leave the past in the past and let us look at today: Saudi Arabian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Kuwaiti and Jordanian planes are bombing Houthi positions in Yemen. We are “kind of” supporting this move; I don’t know how to call this, “arm in arm” with el-Sisi?
Iranian soldiers are fighting to save Mosul from ISIL.
The world media is filled with sagas of Iranian generals fighting at the head of their armies to save Mosul, and Kurdish woman fighters on the front to save Kobane from beheading Islamists.
While they are growing, we are shrinking…
Jordan has become one and stood up against ISIL that torched their pilot alive. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has one more country supporting him every passing day.
We are busy, in the three square meters of the “honorable loneliness trench,” writing epics equal to Gallipoli because we saved the sarcophagus of Süleyman Şah. We have become so incompetent that even that operation had to be shared 50-50 with “the spirit of Ashme.”
Look at the picture above.
Who do you think the leader of the Middle East is? The respected elderly wise guy of the neighborhood? Is it the New Turkey that has been “upgraded” from being the 17th economy in the world to the 19th?
You think so? Hah ha…
Replace Ali Babacan with ‘hair gel’ now
I am sure, very sure, that the government wings have started to hear the tic-tac of the time bomb main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has planted in the room where the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidates are filtered.
It was an incredibly good move what Kılıçdaroğlu did. He had a meal with Kemal Derviş, took the minutes of the meeting and posted them on the CHP website.
Derviş said, “I will not become a deputy but if I am asked to take a post, I am in…”
Who is this Kemal Derviş, who is ready to take a position? There are no buts about it, he is the man who saved Turkey’s economy with a wonderful plan when it hit rock bottom in 2001. No buts, he is an honest, decent man. He does not have shoe boxes in his trunk, suit bags or anything to “zero.”
He is an international man; he knows that the loneliness Turkey has fallen into in the Middle East is not an honorable one.
He has worked in the rich club; he knows the character of the rich. He knows what the World Bank and IMF are in detail.
International finance circles trust him as much as they trust Ali Babacan. He has worked at the poor club; he knows well the state of the poor.
What I am saying to the AKP is this: Look, you can hear the tic-tac of the Kemal Derviş bomb at the CHP. If you say the other opposition, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), well, they are at the door with an honest, successful, conservative economist everybody trusts, Durmuş Yılmaz.
Now, I dare you to get rid of Ali Babacan and replace him with the telekinesis expert with a lot of “hair gel.”
Here is my advice to AKP decision-makers: Best of all, give up the nonsense of the three-term ban.