ERTUĞRUL ÖZKÖK > The Arab Spring has transformed into the Kurdish Spring

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Our Foreign Minister is reported to be “looking for a place for Bashar al-Assad.”

You know what, while he is looking for a place, let us, ourselves, look for a new place for Turkey.

We may or may not support our country’s Syrian policy. That does not matter in the least. We are all aware of the picture in front us, aren’t we?

We have a 1,200 km long Kurdish border
Only one week ago, we had a 400-kilometer “Kurdish border.” Now, 800 kilometers have been added to this.

Friends, this is the new geopolitical reality that has been drawn by “our strategic depth”:
As of today, we have a 1,200 kilometer long Kurdish border.

We could not manage 400 km, could we manage 1,200 km?
We should consider this.

We could not manage a 400 kilometer Kurdish border. How are we going to manage 1,200 kilometers? We are awaiting an “in depth” response to that.

Arabs are fighting, Kurds are winning
Are you aware, the “Arab Spring” that we fervently support has completely transformed into a “Kurdish Spring”?

There is a strange situation both in Iraq and in Syria: Arabs are fighting each other, people are dying.
The Kurds are taking one more step on their path to an independent state. Besides, they are able to achieve this without firing one bullet, without losing one soul.

Here you go, this is true strategic depth.

On the other hand, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is fighting and losing lives, but is not able to win.

There is another weird situation present:
In Turkey, the PKK is firing bullets in the name of Kurds but it has not gained anything up to today.
Let’s stop a minute.

Who can guarantee that the “Kurdish Spring” that has arrived in the Arab countries will not one day also arrive in Turkey?

Don’t mention Foreign Minister Davutoğlu.

It is enough if he keeps a distance.

The coming era cannot be entrusted to the fantasies of an academic

* This de facto situation achieved by Kurds in two countries will involuntarily turn eyes to the Kurds in Turkey.

* If one day in the future an intense “Kurdish Spring charge” is directed in Turkey, how are we going to respond to this?

* By firing bullets?

* Or by a policy that would suit a democratic country?

What happens if an Alevi/Christian massacre starts in Syria?
The situation in the areas under the control of the opposition in Syria is far from pleasant.

We hears that such creepy slogans as: “Christians to Lebanon, Alevis to the coffin” are being chanted in those areas.

Concrete information is emerging that Christians are being badly mistreated.

What will Turkey’s stance be if Sunnis attempted a massacre tomorrow?

Are we going to request the Sunni Arabs to “act with decisiveness”?

Look at the map to see the photograph
From now on we have a 1,200 kilometer long border with the Kurds.

If you look at the map, you will see another reality.

On this side of the border, at least 800 to 900 kilometers long, the Kurdish population of Turkey is residing.

This means:
The “Kurdish Spring” has arrived at our border.

To counter a “spring charge” launched by Kurds, based on the de facto situation in the two neighboring countries, we should respond with a serious policy, one that is backed by the whole of Turkey, not by the fantasies of an academic.

I might have oversimplified the matter, but the realities facing us are that simple…

May God save Turkey from the aftershocks of “strategic depth”…

Ertuğrul Özkök is a columnist for daily Hürriyet, in which this piece was published on July 26. It was translated into English by the Daily News staff.


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Nuri Gotham

7/27/2012 4:34:56 PM

The Arab Spring in general and Kurdish Springs in Iraq and Syria prove that how Kurdish xenophobia in Turkey put such a sophichicated & Occidental oriented country, Turkey, into Oriental orbit !

dario Kurd

7/27/2012 3:23:30 PM

Turks are panicing that Kurds are gaining freedom..why donot make peace with own Kurds and free their leader Ocalan..this way u save urself a big head ache and problem of seperation of Turkey

Nuri Gotham

7/27/2012 1:06:40 PM

It is inevitable that one day all Kurds of Kurdistan will be equal citiziens of the countries they reside.Kurdish and Turkish friendship goes back to the times of Zengi and Saladdin of mediavel times. For Turkey, having a 1.200Km border with the non-Arab Kurdish people will be a positive change. With Iranian border included, Turkey will only deal with Kurds, to protect her borders.

Nikos T.

7/27/2012 9:44:11 AM

Great article. Even if one can read posts like "let's go to fight everybody around us and get glorified), it's very encouraging to see that the new ottoman imperialist dream has not affected the logical Turk people.

turkic voice

7/27/2012 8:14:37 AM

turkey needs to move accross boardes no other way around it back to our old lands.
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