"Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering." ~ Carl Gustav Jung.
It looks like everyone noticed that DTP held its congress over the weekend in Ankara and, along with that, they finally noticed that many people were not only carrying DTP flags, but also KKK flags and banners of Apo--all the same stuff that people did during Newroz. Back before Newroz, when all of the Turkish press was issuing dire predictions of violence of epic proportions, they had so brainwashed everyone with this nonsense that I think every citizen of Turkish descent spent the day at home with the blankets pulled over their heads. For that reason, they missed all the DTP and KKK flags and banners of Apo.
They didn't miss any violence because there was no violence to miss. . . in spite of all the DTP and KKK flags and banners of Apo.
Ilnur Cevik is very concerned about all this today. He thinks "DTP is making a fatal mistake", and he's worried about "the sensitivities of the Turkish public. . ." See, it really is all about two things. It's either all about feelings, as in this example, or it's all about image, but it's never about justice or substance.
I am amazed that Ilnur seems a bit surprised that DTP clearly states it cannot distance itself from PKK, but then Ilnur is a bit out of touch. On his own media's website, The New Anatolian, back in December, there was an interview with Ahmet Turk and Aysel Tugluk, in which they clearly explained why nothing of Kurdish politics in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan can be separated from PKK. If you missed it, I posted something about it here. Why no big outcry then?
Ilnur says something interesting:
The Kurdish cause in Turkey is to secure the conditions to be treated as first class citizens of the Turkish Republic.
First of all, thank you for defining the Kurdish cause, Mr. Turk. Secondly, thank you for admitting that Kurds are not first class citizens of the TC.
On that second point, we are in agreement. But it is that second point that begs the question: Why are Kurds not first class citizens of the TC? We know the answer to that, and it is because Kurds are not Turks. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the PKK, either, so don't bother to go there. This whole thing started back in 1923, with the racist policies of a republic that never existed before, in which there was no Turkish identity and, in order to create the Turkish identity out of nothingness, the Kurdish identity had to be suppressed by whatever means possible. Every means possible was used, and is still used, to attempt to crush The Other, the Kurds.
With all of this Kurdish blood poured out, courtesy of the Ankara regime, Ilnur seems to believe that some kind of "brotherhood" can be created between Turks and Kurds, but apparently this "brotherhood" can only be created if Kurds give up "discord and divisions," like insisting on being Kurds, like insisting on defining their own cause, like insisting on the reality that PKK has created on the ground and in the hearts and minds of Kurds. Kurds fell for the brotherhood lie once before, from a Turk who was perpetually three sheets to the wind.
Ilnur boldly states:
Now the Kurds have realized their mistake and want to make amends.
You're right, Ilnur, Kurds do realize their mistake in believing the lies about equal citizenship and brotherhood and all the other garbage. For this reason, you had better get used to seeing DTP and KKK flags and banners of Apo.
Meanwhile, Ahmet Turk gave everyone a reality check with his recommendations for a solution, which can be read at KurdishInfo. They include totally scrapping the current Turkish constitution, which was written by pashas in order to protect the state from the people; revoking the new anti-terror law draft; political amnesty; total prison reform; abolition of Korucular; return of the forcibly displaced and the reconstruction of the thousands of villages destroyed by the state; and changing all geographical names from their enforced Turkish names to their original Kurdish names.
These issues, and others listed at KurdishInfo, are the substance of the problem and it is these issues which are ignored for the fluff of Turkish "feelings" and "image." Since the Ankara regime refuses to discuss anything with the legitimately elected representatives of the Kurdish people, there is really only one answer: Separatism.
Before I forget, on the day the DTP congress began, Ahmet Turk was charged "for praising crime and a criminal for referring to outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan as “Sayýn,” which is similar to “Sir” in English," and Hurriyet reports that DTP is under investigation for the whole affair. Hurriyet appears to be scandalized by the fact that guards at the doors of the congress were "dressed in the traditional outfits of mountain-based PKK fighters." In other words, they were dressed like Kurds.
Hmm . . . someone needs to run a poll to find out if it's worse to wear a headscarf or to dress like a Kurd.
Everyone should remember Hurriyet as one of the two Turkish papers who instigated the assassination of Akin Birdal.
There was also an interesting article today from the Washington Post about the Deep State. Unfortunately, it is only merely interesting to see the subject come up in American media. It would have been a far better report if it had included the fiasco which has been the Ankara regime's handling of the Semdinli bombing investigation and trials, as well as the extremely suspicious arrest of Seferi Yilmaz last week.
Flash-bulletin.de is carrying an AFP report on everyone's favorite Kurdish bad boy, Osman Baydemir. He's now up on charges that he's a member of the omnipotent PKK, something reminiscent of the pashas' recent attempt to blacken Eren Keskin's reputation through a couple of advertisements in Hurriyet and Cumhuriyet. Not unusual, given that both Osman and Eren have spent many years in IHD leadership positions, but at this point, with Osman's well-earned and extreme popularity, the TC would like nothing better than to get rid of him, and they are willing to settle for a 10-year sentence . . . for the moment. The TC would prefer, of course, to get rid of this troublesome Kurd permanently, kind of like they wanted to get rid of Akin Birdal.
If something should happen to Osman, well, let's just say that the TC doesn't know what a serhildan is . . . yet.
By the way, if anyone has any doubts about Turkey's interest in Kerkuk, they should have a look at a business item at The New Anatolian. How's this for a tease:
According to a 1925 agreement between Turkey and Iraq, the Iraqi government is suppose to give 10 percent of Kirkuk oil revenues to Turkey. But Baghdad sent only nominal sums of this Turkish share until 1938. Now Ankara is trying to figure out how to raise the issue of this historical debt of Iraq to compensate its losses from the pipeline operation.
Why didn't the TC bring this up earlier, like with Saddam, for example? Because under Saddam, there was not much chance of Kurds gaining control of Kerkuk, was there? Puts a whole new perspective on those Mehmetciks at the border, doesn't it? On the other hand, if Turkey wasn't working so closely with certain Sunni Arab tribes and certain sections of the Turkmen population in order to sabotage pipelines out of Kerkuk, there wouldn't be such a drastic shortfall in the amount of oil leaving Kerkuk.
Might as well just invade, right?
Like I keep telling you, ain't none of it about the big, bad PKK.