"Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth."
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus.
~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus.
Once upon a time in an effort to deflect attention away from the Ankara regime's atrocities in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan, a Turkish prime minister claimed that the PKK had helicopters
As reported in Cumhuriyet in October 1994, Tansu Çiller stated the following:
"Even if I saw with my own eyes that the state had burned a village, I would not believe it", said the then Prime Minister Tansu Çiller when she was told by a delegation of village leaders that soldiers supported by helicopters had destroyed their villages. As security "embarrassments" must always be justified by referring to Turkey's internal and external enemies, she suggested that the helicopters could belong to the PKK (which does not have an air force), Russia, Afghanistan or Armenia.
That was also at a time when a deputy chief of the Turkish general staff said that the Turkish struggle against "terrorism" was being held back by "democracy and human rights." Strangely enough, that's the very same thing the Turkish general staff said in a post on its website back in June of this year:
It is the time to see the real face of the people and organizations that, domestically and internationally, are acting as fronts for the terrorist organization [sic], by speaking of high values such as peace, freedom, and democracy in every incident.
Again, back in the 1990s, Amnesty International made the following observation:
The Turkish Government routinely denies, covers up or justifies torture, extrajudicial executions and "disappearances" by its security forces. The record shows that ministers will say anything rather than squarely confront the gendarmerie and police commanders with the evidence of their abuses. In 1994, faced with irrefutable reports that soldiers were burning villages in Tunceli province, the Interior Minister first suggested the villagers were torching their own homes and then that PKK were destroying villages while dressed as gendarmes.
On the contrary, just this week a former TSK officer admitted that his soldiers regularly dressed as PKK gerîlas during the Dirty War against the Kurds in the 1990s.
Either Turkey is nothing more than a huge echo chamber or nothing has changed--and given that we have a new OHAL in three Kurdish provinces, my money goes on the latter.
To prove the point, here's something from Yeni Özgür Politika:
On Thursday in New York at the Foreign Relations Council, Erdoğan claimed that the PKK has US-made heavy weapons, such as tanks, besides light weaponry. Erdoğan also accused the US of not being sensitive enough on this issue.
Erdoğan asserted that Turkey hasn't received the expected support from the US yet.
"Unfortunately, there were heavy weapons, such as tanks, in PKK camps," he claimed. Erdoğan continued as such: "Hopefully, in a short time we will have a meeting with the president (Bush) and we will talk in detail about this issue. We have talked to the Secretary of State about it. She said they would show the required sensitivity about this issue."
On the previous day, The US Secretary of State had said to the Turkish delegation that they would erase PKK from the whole world.
In the 1990s, former Turkish prime minister Tansu Çiller had also claimed that the PKK had helicopters.
Of course, Erdoğan doesn't explain how the PKK is supposed to maneuver tanks around in the mountains of Kurdistan, nor does anyone demand an explanation. Let me make it simple: Think Nazi army. Think blitzkrieg. Think Yugoslavia. Think again.
Atma, Recep, din kardeşiyiz! Küçük at da civcivler de yesin!
Go on, Recep, pull the other one.