Pro-Kurdish BDP co-chair Demirtas said yesterday that the government has divided the country emotionally.
He was referring to the ignorance to the pain the Kurds felt after bombing of a group of youngster smugglers on Iraqi border by the majority of the population and especially by the state officials.
In a country where unity denotes a geographical but not a social notion, these words are perceived as a threat to divide the country to free Northern Kurdistan. The question that should be asked is if these emotional words are really the cause of that divide. Because Demirtas in the same speech went on to say: “unite us with your feelings, share our chagrin and unite us!”
During the same time state officials are calling the murdered kids in Uludere, “the deceased”. What did they die of? Cholera? Rabies? A train accident?
When Kurds express their pain, they are labeled by the Prime Minister Erdogan as provocateurs. When it comes to blame someone, it is the previous PKK tactics that led to “mistakes” causing the “deaths”. Calling murder murder has become an easy reason to call it treason.
Talking heads on TV stations talk about the Kurdish people using the article “they”. Who are they? Do they have a name? Does their life have a weight in Turkish conscience?
Requesting an apology is the worst of all crimes. Ex-chief editor of the number one daily in Turkey is congratulating the army for killing kids based on the excuse that it could be considered as collateral damage in a war in which the primary goal is to protect the lives of “Turkish” people. Who are these Turkish people then? Obviously not the Kurds. Kurds are considered Kurds or Turks whenever it suits the Pravda editors of the freak show that calls itself press in Turkey. An apology, according to them is “an insult to the memories of fallen soldiers of the past.”
A minister says they cannot allocate a copter for the opposition leader’s visit to the area because then they would have to allot one to BDP leader as well. They are all legitimate parties of the parliament Mr. Minister and the state vehicles belong to us, not you! And my vote counts as well as your electorate’s.
It is obvious that the global political systems are on their way to radicalization towards far-right again. It’s the usual acute disease of capitalism that it needs to rejuvenate itself by killing as many people as possible every century. But in this neck of the woods the arrogance of the “elected” has reached to enormous levels threatening almost every single citizen who can think.
On both social and emotional level division bells are ringing for Turkey. A late-blooming individualism in addition to ever-present sense of ethnicity will play an important role in this division. It would hardly be geographical, but in the ways we live our daily lives, it will have its lions share of influence.
The events of the last few days of 2011 are the preliminary signs of change. A change which will shook Turks socially if not geographically. A close look at recent history will show undoubtedly that when leaders start howling around without a single hint of common sense, and listening to them in the first row almost equals to having a shower, the people seem to eradicate them and what they represent sooner or later.
(On the details of events in Uludere, please read “Management by Proxy….“