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We have again entered a vicious circle. As if we were in the 1990s, we are waking up to the day with outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror, and we go to bed with PKK terror. When we open the papers in the morning, news of martyrs or funerals, pictures of crying mothers and fathers face us. In the evening, the TV news is covered with scenes of clashes, hunger strikes and demonstrations.

Our agenda is again full of the PKK and the Kurdish issue.

Kandil Mountain is using the PKK and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) the way it wants and in an effective manner.

When it is Abdallah Öcalan in question, it is not known if he is angry at the government, or the PKK or both of them.

Ankara has also burned all the bridges. It is getting tougher. Look, even for death fasts it is not showing any flexibility. On the contrary, it has a challenging attitude.

There is a chaotic and dizzying struggle ongoing.

When we look at the stage we have reached, I can say that it is a huge success that it has not been possible to trigger a Turkish-Kurdish clash despite the fact that some have tried so hard to do so for 30 years. They have not been able to make us slaughter each other.

This is the most positive side of the developments.

The negative side though, is that our mutual anger toward each other is constantly increasing.

Some 3 to 4 million Kurdish youngsters who have a heart in the PKK are furious. They are blind with fury. They do not listen to their parents anymore. Each one of them regards themselves as a guerilla of the PKK and torches the streets.

What scares me the most is the anger of Turkish society – that this anger may explode one day.

On one hand, there is a struggle going on for “We will not let our country be divided,” on the other hand, the number of those who say, “Let’s give them their land and let go of them, so that we will be at peace,” is increasing.

Despite this, I can see that the gap between us is increasing. I can hear the alarm bells ringing. We are treating each other extremely brutally. If this course is not stopped, then one day we may face a breakaway. The disintegration may come naturally.

Restrictions on Kurdish defense
We are about to do a correct deed; of course, something stops us. An opportunity was provided in courts for those who do not feel that their Turkish is adequate or believes they can express themselves better in another language. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) kept its promise and paved the way to Kurdish defense.

Moreover, this is not a grace; it is the restoration of a right.

What do we see now? Whoever has poked it, with a last-minute change; they have introduced ridiculous restrictions.

Those who could speak Turkish but who claim their mother tongue is Kurdish will not be allowed to stage a Kurdish defense all together. They would only be allowed to do the defense in Kurdish in one stage of the ruling, after the reading out of the indictment and the prosecutor’s opinion is given. And for this, they will need to bring their own interpreter.

What is the point? The reasons given are too simple. I think the real reason is not to allow the easy usage of Kurdish and to introduce as many restrictions as possible. They just cannot do it.

I’m asking you, what is this Kurdish animosity?

November/15/2012

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Nikos T.

11/16/2012 8:52:00 AM

Turkish anxiety of losing their country is helpless. I wonder why...

Thessalonian

11/16/2012 2:32:24 AM

Mara, Quebec is not a country. It is a Canadian province. Regards

Murat

11/16/2012 12:28:21 AM

It is important to note that what defines a Turk is NOT religion, NOT ethnicity and NOT race or sect, so language is an important matter of identity. All reasonable means should be made available to folks to get their business done if they can not speak or write Turkish, but there can be only one official language,while we may declare others as "national" languages for example. As we all know, this would not be end of it. It is most amazing that there is no civil war yet. It is coming.

Murat

11/16/2012 12:03:30 AM

Is Belgium even a country anymore... more appropriately, is it surrounded by Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Aremenia and Greece?

mara mcglothin

11/15/2012 11:51:14 PM

HARRY All I know it that you won't see any street signs in any other language besides English in America!!! Unlike Quebec and other countries who have more than one national language. .

Jon Goodfellow

11/15/2012 9:19:19 PM

Maybe Turkey could learn from the US on this issue. English is not THE official language in terms of all legal matters, is the defacto one, but not to the exclusion of others. Non-English speakers are generally allowed interpreters when needed, but there are no legal documents accepted SOLEY in a non-English language. I.e., a Spanish language version of a document is submitted along with the official English one, except grandfathered historic ones. Avoids identity politics.

Harry Foundalis

11/15/2012 7:37:52 PM

@Mara: your country, the USA, has no "Official language" (your capitalization). It has a de facto national language, which is English, spoken natively by 82% of the population. But there's no official language in America. Check your facts before you write. (E.g., see Wikipedia entry: "Languages of the United States".)

Johanna Dew

11/15/2012 7:10:22 PM

@mary: the USA dont have an official or national language on federal level (even not on state level although some have de facto Spanish or French or Hawaiian next to English as their language)

JPLdK

11/15/2012 6:23:38 PM

Belgium has 3 official languages: Dutch (Flemish), French and German!

A.MENAF GÜLBAY

11/15/2012 6:02:06 PM

ı agree with mab... have a nice day
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