Who is the mastermind?

Who is the mastermind?

“Sectarian unrest is once more shaking the Islamic world. This is being administered by a mastermind. What is the issue at sake? That there should be a sectarian conflict in the Islamic world and that the Islamic world be divided into pieces,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He said the developments in Syria, Iraq and Yemen were the work of this mastermind. In other words, there was a mastermind which was tricking Muslims into fighting each other so it could rule. 

This mastermind seems to be very smart. But who could it be?

The United States? The European Union? Germany? We should also suspect the British. And let’s also not forget Russia and China. You can click any one of them in accordance to your political standing.

If you have talent developing complot theories, you can also think they might be in an alliance to do all these things.

But that cannot help us understand the current problem.

Because the problem is not related to a “mastermind,” it is directly related to the situation in which Muslims find themselves today.

If we set down the road of understanding by seeing that ignorance and hearsay have been disguised as religious convictions, it will be easier to understand the problem.

You cannot solve a problem that you can’t understand. 

Why did the Islamic world remain backward? Why was the number of annual publications in Spanish greater than the works published in Arabic over the course of the last century?

Why are tyrants and dictators reigning in a large part of the Islamic world?

Could it be that their role of using religion as a tool to protect their governance is larger than the role of the “superior mind,” whoever this mind is?

Is it easier for Muslims to blame some invisible entity when they cannot solve the problem?

The land of red lines

Everyone in our country, and the state most of all, has red lines.

Whoever gets a pen in their hand draws a red line and says they will not discuss it.

While from time to time red lines are being crossed over, the picture does not change.

Red lines continue. 

There is a reason for that: We have become a society that is close to reaching consensus, to agree by speaking.

If you have so many red lines you will not discuss them, how can you talk and solve your problem, and with whom? 

Because, next to your red lines are their red lines.

Once you set down the road drawing lines, it will be difficult to go back or come to an agreement.

If we were to write down all the problems in this country, many pages would be filled.

How can we talk and solve our problems without stepping on red lines which are not debatable?

And let’s not forget these red lines stem from our weaknesses. These red lines come from a lack of confidence in our views and the thought that we cannot succeed in convincing out interlocutor through debate. 

The judiciary in a political meet 

Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Ankara, organized a meeting with the participation of 4,000 people.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was present at the meeting, called “The Projects of 2016 and Beyond.”

The Court of Cassation, the Chamber of Accounts and the Council of State were all represented at the meeting. I was curious why representatives of the judiciary were present at a political meeting.

Some of Gökçek’s projects are in front of the Council of State. Is it only me who finds it weird representatives of the judiciary are standing next to the municipal officials who they are tasked with inspecting?

The members of the judiciary should be the most careful on the independence of the judiciary.