An open letter to the soldier mourning his brother
Dear lieutenant colonel Mehmet Bey,
When you were holding the Turkish flag-wrapped coffin of your soldier brother, crying “Ali, Ali…”
I felt your pain deep inside of me,
You were revolting with the pain of having lost your brother.
This was the revolt of a pain that make a person forget his military status, his military uniform, the hierarchy, the commanders, etc.
When you were shouting from your heart...
Those vicious people called Ak trolls, a network of fiercely pro Justice and Development Party (AKP - Ak Party) social media users, immediately set in motion and started saying whatever came to their mouths:
They said the lieutenant colonel was Alevi,
They said the lieutenant colonel was making politics,
They said the lieutenant was from the “parallel structure” (in other words, from the Gülen movement),
They said the lieutenant was a terrorist.
Know them well. These are creatures who do not refrain from lying, from insulting in the name of politics.
Politics and power have blinded them so much they can assume someone who lost his brother and is holding his coffin can make politics.
They have become such victims of the lust for power that they can assume someone can look at the coffin of his martyred brother and say, “Let me do something that will not suit the AKP or President Tayyip Erdoğan.”
This is the pathetic point they have come to...
They are creatures who cannot even comprehend the pain of a brother.
The concept called “politics” has turned them into monsters disrespectful of death, funeral, pain and revolt.
If you were facing the soldiers of an enemy army…
They would have understood you.
They would have given infinite credit to your revolt. They would have welcomed with great understanding your revolt.
But these trolls on the payroll have become worse than the soldiers of the enemy.
Dear lieutenant colonel,
Don’t worry. Don’t get sad. Don’t fall into despair.
There are millions in this country who, when they saw you revolting in the mosque holding the coffin of your brother, did not think, “Which party will this revolt benefit?”
Know that when they look at you,
They don’t see politics, parties, Tayyip Erdoğan, opinion polls, leaders, governments, the state, etc… they just see a brother that revolts with the pain of having lost a brother.
In other words, they see a human.
Dear lieutenant colonel,
Don’t let the creatures that politics has rendered mad make you sad.
You are not alone. The nation is with you. Allah is with you. Millions from all walks of life, all views, all parties that have not sold their conscience to politics and power are with you.
70 percent with common sense
In this country there are 70 percent with common sense…
- 70 percent objected the headscarf ban
- 70 percent objected to the decree that would have allowed U.S. soldiers to use Turkish soil to attack Iraq.
- 70 percent supported the European Union.
- 70 percent believed Turkey should stay out of the war in Syria
- 70 percent argued the army should not be harassed.
- 70 percent supported the solution process.
They were always this 70 percent and they continue to be there.