"The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done."
~ George Carlin.
~ George Carlin.
Does anyone remember back in 2005, how night after night, cars were set on fire in Paris? Does anyone remember how the French car-burnings were all over the news?
You may not have noticed, because it hasn't been too prominent in the media . . . mainly because the AKP government has forbidden the Turkish media from covering it . . . but cars have been burning all over Turkey for the last few weeks.
TDN has reported that 50 cars have been burned in Istanbul in the last two weeks. Of course, that's an official figure--meaning that it's not likely to be accurate:
Six more cars were torched in Istanbul Thursday while police arrested three people carrying Molotov cocktails.
Unidentified culprits poured gasoline before setting a parked car on fire in the Eminönü district. Firemen arrived at the scene and extinguished the flames but the car incurred serious damage.
Three trucks and one van were also set alight in the Küçükçekmece region.
Two people who had torched a car with Molotov cocktails in the Aksaray district were apprehended but two police officers were injured in the scuffle. Relatives of the two arsonists also got involved, and the police were forced to fire warning shots to end the disturbance. One of the policemen who sustained stab wounds is in critical condition, reports said.
Talk about efficiency! Not only was a car torched but a police got a few well-deserved stab wounds. Not only were trucks and vans torched in Küçükçekmece, but it's possible that a small bomb went off in the same district that wounded three.
According to Zaman, it appears that luxury cars are particularly targeted.
What could possibly be the reason for so many barbeques-on-wheels? Let's check that Zaman link again:
Gazi University’s Önder Aytaç points out that there might be "political reasons" behind the attacks, noting that it might be the PKK or some provocateurs aiming to create a Turkish-Kurdish rift in society. He also underlines that it is a possibility that if the police cannot catch the perpetrators soon, the attacks may well spread.
It might be "political"? No shit, Sherlock.
I might add that there's no need "to create a Turkish-Kurdish rift in society" when, in fact, the rift already exists and bears more resemblance to a chasm than to a rift. And here's a news flash for the brilliant professor at Gazi University: The attacks have already spread.
There have been car-burnings in Amed (Diyarbakır), Mersin, Adana, Ankara, Sinop, and Wan (Van). İzmir.
In Yüksekova, they say that PKK is behind the car-burning. Fabulous! Then who's behind the car-burning in Amed, Mersin, Adana, Ankara, Sinop, Wan, and İzmir?
Is PKK everywhere? Or is this all just a matter of jealousy against those who buy luxury cars? Then how does one account for soldiers' cars that are burned in The Southeast? What about military or police vehicles that are burned? Can a Turkish conscript afford a BMW? Is the TSK or the Turkish police German, that they drive Mercedes?
These car-burnings are the proper response to a system that closes every avenue that Kurds try to take in the struggle, including all the political avenues. These attacks are just when considering that the victims here are the same ones who bomb Kurdish civilians in their homes, in the middle of the night, and have destroyed at least 4,000 Kurdish villages in The Southeast.
Remember--that 4,000 is only an official figure.
Yes, it's all political. Yes, PKK is everywhere because PKK is the people. Yes, these acts of resistance will continue.