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YUSUF KANLI > Turkish flag on Mount Goman

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Most of us were engaged in some sort of “whose daddy is bigger” game in our childhood. It is a nonsense game, but somehow kids love such oddities. By playing, they think they might prove to the rest of the kids the “superiorities” they might have and thus how invaluable their friendship might be… Child psychology!

I remember, during that time of no toys – owing to the poverty that my community was condemned to by besieging Greek Cypriot hordes – one day I found the huge cardboard box of a refrigerator in our backyard. That box was converted into a playground, and in the absence of a better toy around, as owner of that box my friendship had all of a sudden become invaluable. Again, when my grandpa brought me an iron toy train locomotive, for many weeks I became the most popular kid in the neighborhood. It was a great feeling, but it served no practical purpose. In the evenings I was still going to bed with a half empty stomach; as I said, those were the pre-1974 years of poverty…

In those years, from the barricades dividing Nicosia into northern Turkish Cypriot and southern Greek Cypriot quarters, Greek Cypriots frequently played a Turkish song: “I waited for you so long, you never came!” Of course, this was a mockery of the twice-attempted Turkish intervention to stop Greek Cypriot atrocities against Turkish Cypriots. Those intervention attempts were called off at the last minute because of American pressure.

In 1974, when Turkey finally intervened and put a full stop to Turkish Cypriot sufferings, in the Turkish quarter of Nicosia another song was playing on loudspeakers: “I may come one night all of a sudden…” Sometime later, in the 1980s, huge Turkish and Turkish Cypriot flags were painted on the Five Finger Mountains – so huge that they were clearly visible in most parts of Nicosia’s Greek Cypriot side. A few years ago, the contest was continued with the erection of a huge monument close to Nicosia’s Metehan crossing point, which depicted Atatürk on a galloping horse directed towards the Greek Cypriot… What do the Arabs say? “Man dakka dukka!” Don’t knock on someone else’s door if you do not want your door be knocked!

Those were some of the memories that flashed back in my mind over the absurd recent statement by a politician that a 400 kilometer squared area of Turkey’s southeast was under the control of the separatist gang, and the subsequent report that the military had staged a comprehensive operation and hoisted Turkish flag on all peaks of Mount Goman, near Şemdinli…

Can a state act like a small boy in contest with another boy, competing to see who can pee further? Certainly not. Why would a state act like a small boy and try to prove to some bastards who is sovereign or who is the boss on a mountain inside Turkish territory? Do we have any doubt as to who that area belongs to? Or, could those separatist terrorists take away just a pebble of Turkish territory?

My friend Enis Berberoğlu, the Editor-in-Chief of daily Hürriyet, was on the front page of his paper yesterday with a photograph depicting him sitting next to a table decorated with flowers, drinking coffee on Mount Goman… That’s it! The message was civilian, civilized and clear: We want peace. We want harmony. But, know well, this land is ours! Well done Enis.

Why would the state engage in a “who can pee further” contest with the terrorists?

September/03/2012

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Chris Green

9/5/2012 8:54:12 PM

Fevzi: May I add an extract from an article of mine that will be published this Friday in the Turkish and TC titles that I write for each week: "We have seen over many years that the Greeks and Greek Cypriots regard the truth as a transitory, flexible concept which can be moulded to suit their respective purposes of the day" Were Turkey and Greece to be likened to bodies of water, Greece would be a chattering gaggling brook and Turkey a vast river: The greater the river, the quieter it flows!

constantinos kio

9/3/2012 11:26:44 PM

@ Fevzi . actually my friend with 20 milions of kurds in your country there is no need to care about greeks . we have our proplems. dont forget that many of us , us my grand fathers , lost their homes from kurds back to 1922. was turks then under the umbrella of islam. now we need to learn that all muslims isnt turks. and belive me as my grand fatther said to me before dies kurds are much more cruels that u can ever imagine ...

Chris Green

9/3/2012 10:02:19 PM

This is an excellent article and no one can doubt its accuracy either. Murat bey - your comment was perfect too! Kypros gets more amazing by each comment he makes for he is so estranged from the virtue of truth and reality it is unbelievable! I know that whenever I travelled from the 'dark-side' back to Turkish Cyprus, the 200,000M2 Flag on the Hill to me, and many others, was a sign that we were home! I look forward to returning and I hope that our 'Dulux Hills are freshly painted!

Turk Uzan

9/3/2012 8:17:04 PM

Beautiful article, the hands that wrote them should be kissed and placed on the forehead, this article demands respect !

Recep Ozel

9/3/2012 7:47:30 PM

Mr Kanli, it is a difficult topic as there are similar situations around the world. Only in the middle east, who has the right to have the coffee on top of the mountain when it comes to Syria, Northern Iraq, or Israel? As a Turkish Cypriot, as my family lost homes and land they lived on for centuries in Limassol and Paphos, I feel it is my right to stand on our Fivefinger mountains, not the Greek Cypriots, or the settlers from Hatay or east Turkey that treat our lands as an extension of theirs.

Fevzi Cakmak

9/3/2012 4:55:54 PM

Not surprisingly, this article has psychologically upset the Greeks and Kurds. Well done, Mr. Kanli!

Murat

9/3/2012 4:50:12 PM

Look how conveniently all these Grekophilies skip over the sad childhood memories that Mr. Kanli has shared, way before 1974. How about just a little honesty here? Why is TSK there in the first place? You should all be kissing the boots of those Turkish soldiers who got rid of juntas in Greece and Cyprus and put you in EU who then bankrolled your lazy and lavish life styles for decades and then had the good heart to bail you out in the end. Yes, kissing may not be enough.

DORUS LIVIS

9/3/2012 2:12:30 PM

I agree with Shah Hamdan, this turkish flag-mania everywhere shows in fact lack of faith of ones rights if you know what I mean... The kurdish problem has obviously its roots on the failure of integrating the kurdish population in the society (even if muslim). the government only cares about the terrorism that is only the symptom of the disease...

Shah Hamdan

9/3/2012 12:33:57 PM

Flag is mere symbol but real matter is heart and minds of people of particular area. If you print flag on each and every corner but people of that area step on them. Then one need to worry. You can buy and hang flag but you cant buy public for generations.

dogan kemal ileri

9/3/2012 12:14:28 PM

Spot on Kanli bey.The two communities can never share power and live in peace.Best solution is to annex Northern Cyprus with the Motherland Turkiye and hang the consequences.
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