Kobane and Turkey are burning…
This way or the other, Turkey has to find a way to make peace with all segments of its population. Irrespective of how much the “almighty” ruler and his almond-mustached clan of political Islamists want to convert this nation into a homogenized Sunni Muslim Turkish society, this nation has never been an amalgamated single ethnicity, culture and religion – perhaps excluding the time of the early years of the Ottomans, 700 years ago.
There are Turks, Kurds, Arabs, Circassians, Albanians and other Balkan-background people in this society. There are Sunni Muslim Turks, mostly subscribing to the Hanefi school, but there are various other schools of the Sunni sect, as well as small hamlets of Shiites, as well as a huge Alevi community – some say as large as 20 or even 25 percent of the nation. We have a few Christians as well; unfortunately in the republic's founding period and even far later in the 1950s they were compelled to leave their fatherland, depriving this land and nation of their immensely enriching contributions. Most of us were not alive when all those shameful events took place, but even today we feel sorry for what happened to them.
Once a community develops a sick psychology, that sick psychology quickly spreads and become a community-wide contagious illness, burning villages, towns and cities. Rather than creating conditions for such contagious illnesses – as with the Sept. 6-7 events in 1955 – governments are required to take measures to make sure that such things don't happen in their country.
Turks and Kurds have been living together in peace and as part of a single culture for the past 1,000 years. In this partnership, Turks have been more advantageous and there have been periods when some fundamental and indeed inalienable rights of the Kurds – such as learning their mother tongue – were denied. A separatist campaign of terrorism exhausted this country’s resources for the past 40 years. Wise enough, the current political Islamist clan saw the need for making peace and started a process supported by the majority of Turks. Those skeptical of this process – like this writer – were skeptical because ever since it started the government has kept its cards close to its chest as if it did not actually have a plan, but was rather just heeding instructions from somewhere else and trying to implement an ambiguous section of a far bigger plan.
The Arab Spring (which has now become a dark, burning winter) and romantic plans of nourishing democracies overnight on the lands of dictators, sheiks and emirs - as if simply turning on a lamp - produced a nasty situation. The obsession in the White House of getting rid of Saddam Hussein at any cost produced an Iraq that poisoned the entire geography. As if that was not enough, the greed and obsession of Ankara’s absolute boss to get rid of Bashar al-Assad devastated the residues of the nation-state and produced a huge territory with no government authority. Worse, abetting, supporting and nourishing Islamist terrorists in the hope that they would bring down al-Assad created a beast that is now traumatizing Iraq, Syria and even Turkey.
The war has now reached, on the one hand, the doors of Turkey with the attacks of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on the border with Turkey.
With the imprisoned head of Turkey’s Kurdish terrorists warning that the peace process would collapse if Kobane fell to ISIL, and the “military” head of the gang issuing orders from his Kandil hideout asking his supporters to burn Turkish cities and force the Turkish government to provide “heavy weapons” to the Syrian wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), not just to Kobane, many Turkish cities were on fire on the night of Oct. 6.
Naturally, one has to ask who fathered, breastfed and nourished these Islamist terrorists in hopes and aspirations of creating a Sunni Muslim Brotherhood Khalifat state? Even when Kobane and many Turkish cities were on fire, did not the Turkish prime minister talk in his interview with CNN about his readiness to order land troops into the Syrian quagmire if Washington agreed to also target al-Assad?
This is a dirty game…