So, how did Özal die?
In the fight for power in the neo-sultanate of the Othmans, the hopes of the coalition of the pious and the most pious were fixed on a report the Forensic Medicine Institute (ATK) would issue. Late President Turgut Özal was disturbed a while ago; his grave was opened after so many years had passed since his death in April 1993. Samples were obtained from his remains, which were in surprisingly very good condition after 19 years. The institute examined those samples obtained from Özal’s remains in the search to identify the cause of the president’s death.
The expectations of the coalition of the pious and the most pious were rather simple. First of all, finding some degree of poisonous materials in the body would be normal as it has been buried for almost two decades. Second, because of the widespread use of pesticides, chemicals used to preserve canned food, food substitutes and other pills from modern life, it might be normal to have some degree of residue in the body. Thus it was hoped that the ATK might report that poison was found in tissue samples and conclude that the former president was poisoned to death.
What would such a report achieve? It would help consolidate the PR campaign that there was an Ergenekon gang; it was such a heinous gang that it indeed killed people, including a president in office, just to maintain a Turkey fully committed to their ideology. If it could kill a president, Ergenekon could do anything anyone could imagine. That was the perception they probably wanted to present.
At a time when mass arrests, the Silivri concentration camp, the ongoing Ergenekon thriller cases, the unprecedented long prison sentences levied on scores of soldiers and civilians in the so-called “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) trial, and public confidence waning due to evidence produced by the Center for Excellence in Forging Documents, such a report would help convince the masses of the “grave dimensions” of the threat posed to the nation by the “Ergenekon gang.”
The end result? Back to square one. There is still no satisfactory evidence on how Özal indeed lost his life.
There are quite a few doomsday prophecies nowadays thanks to the belief that a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar will supposedly come to an end on Dec. 21. The Maya didn’t say much about what would happen next, but into that void have rushed occult writers, bloggers and New Age visionaries foreseeing all manner of monumental change. Obviously Dec. 22 will be no different than Dec. 21 and all this frenzy is nonsense.
But, there are small and big doomsdays. Famous folk tale hero Nasreddin Hodja, for example, said in a joke that the death of his wife would be “small doomsday” but his death would be the big one.
If our deaths would be our big doomsdays, a grand doomsday is underway at Silivri where, under the revanchist orders of the coalition of the neo-sultanate of the Othmans, justice is being slaughtered by a special court.