Enemies ‘attacking Turkey from all sides’
Turkey’s rulers say we are under attack from domestic and international enemies on all sides. They say it is a matter of life or death…
If the situation really is like this, what are those who are ruling Turkey doing to get out of this situation?
Internationally, they are increasing the number of our enemies. They cannot generate any argument other than saying “don’t interfere in our affairs, mind your own business.” They have given up efforts to convince anyone. They don’t try to find allies. They cannot form a mechanism to prevent the attacks. They cannot find a way out through shared wisdom.
Domestically, they are silencing diverse voices. They have left a substantial portion of society feeling like it is living without breathing. They have increased the number of terrorists and traitors. They open a new front every day. By effectively forming an alliance with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli, they destroying all kinds of reconciliatory platforms. They regard the smallest criticism as betrayal.
There is no strategy either internationally or domestically. There is only the exertion of force. There is no wisdom; there is only challenging. There is no planning; there are only random strikes.
That’s why I feel like we are in a full speed truck with failing brakes.
PKK hitting HDP
When the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) won the biggest election victory in its history on June 7, 2015, what did the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) do? It exploded bombs in an attempt to crush this victory.
At just the time when the HDP was able to achieve political legitimacy across Turkey, in however small a dose, what did the PKK do? It did what it always does; it accelerated violence and flattened this legitimacy.
When the HDP came close to integrating with its voters, what did the PKK do? It smashed this integration to pieces with its “trench-digging” policy in many southeastern towns.
The latest PKK sabotage of the HDP is unforgettable.
On the latest deadly terror explosion in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır, the HDP had declared that it “was the work of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL]. They said ISIL did this while HDP deputies were in the police station, targeting then.”
The most hawkish wing of the PKK, the serial killers called the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), then came out to claim the blast and take responsibility for the massacre.
Thus, the HDP was once again deceived by the PKK, but this one was huge.
Let’s see whether a voice from the HDP will now rise and say: “You are worse than a scorpion. God damn you PKK. You have destroyed us.”
Five things to keep in mind
First, the PKK is no flowery organization. It often becomes a suicide bomber and dives among civilians.
Second, defending the freedom of HDP deputies should not be associated with “supporting terror,” it should be associated with commonsense.
Third, you should not smile at HDP deputy Hasip Kaplan’s insulting of Kurds who failed to take to the streets in protest.
Fourth, you do not rejoice that the country is in ruins. After all, it will not only be the rulers that eventually go under the ruins - all of us will.
Fifth, not calling Turkey’s rulers to stand by wisdom, common sense and logic is not even doing the government any good. Indeed, it is harming it.