Tuesday, May 05, 2009


"To suppress the revolts quickly, the Turkish Republic set up a "village guard" system. This type of citizen's defense force has been used by the U.S. army in Vietnam. So a militia of about 50,000 armed men was established, as well as a special unit of 12,000 men. And in addition, the state moved an army of 300,000 soldiers against the Kurds. Nobody knows what else has been mobilized. But the most horrific creation was the "contra guerrilla" under the command of the Turkish army."
~ Yaşar Kemal.

Wow, that's really something, that massacre outside of Mardin yesterday. A bunch of guys masked, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, who go to a wedding and murder 44 people. How many "blood feuds" have we ever heard of that were handled like that? How about zero?

DTP Diyarbakır parliamentarian Gültan Kışanak finds it odd that there's a military garrison located some five minutes from the massacre site but that it took them two hours to arrive on scene. Villagers ran to the garrison to notify the village guards there of what had happened. The village guards, in turn, notified the security forces. The security forces told the guards that if they wanted to go, they could go, but security forces would not go.

Why? Because Turkish security forces knew what was going on. They wanted the attackers to get away.

DTP Şırnak parliamentarian Hasip Kaplan tells it like it is. It's not an honor massacre but The System's massacre. The TSK has 800,000 to 1,000,000 members. The Turkish police are thousands more. Yet these servants of the state have been incapable of protecting the population--citizens of the state--for decades.

Why? The state and the state's security forces are unwilling to protect the population because the state is the one perpetrating the crimes against the population.

Then there is the fact that the village guard system was created not to do the job of state security forces in protecting the population, but to arm Kurds in order to fight Kurds. It's a simple case of the old "divide and conquer."

After all, how many "blood feuds" have you heard of that have gone down like this one did?

The Murderer Erdoğan had to say something:

"The incident is not a terrorist attack but the result of a hostility between families. The detained have the same surname as most of the dead. No tradition and understanding can justify this action at all."

So did the Murderer Gül:

"Such primitive and violent acts that cause deep suffering can never be justified."

What they're saying here is that this massacre occured because Kurds were involved. That's what the Murderer Erdoğan means when he talked about "a negative understanding of tradition". See? They want us to believe that Kurds don't even know their own tradition.

It's never been "tradition" to conduct a "blood feud" murder by getting together a bunch of guys who could pass as a commando team, arm them like a commando team, and then have them commit the act of a commando team. Kurds just don't handle "blood feuds" this way.

But the remarks of the Murderer Erdoğan and the Murderer Gül are simply examples of the racist claims of the "civilized" ethnicity in Turkey.

I'm not the only one who notices that this is an odd way of handling a "blood feud". So does some guy at Dicle University:

"What happened in Mazıdağı, Mardin, is a massacre. It is not amenable to customs and rules of clans and blood feuds," Associate Professor Rüstem Erkan, head of Diyarbakır Dicle University’s sociology department, told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

Erkan said contrary to outsiders’ perceptions, blood feuds, despite the despicable results, have rules everyone obeys. "According to customs, you cannot do something like this at funerals or weddings. This region has never seen such a thing. They did not regard the rules when they did this. They did not pay attention to who they killed," he said. Erkan, who has extensively studied the region’s socioeconomic structure, said this case was not a classic blood feud case. "This is a slaughter. It is not a classic blood feud case," he said.

I don't agree with his conclusions, but he's definitely got a point in saying that this was no "blood feud".

Three years ago, HRW petitioned AKP's interior minister at the time, Abdülkadir Aksu, to abolish the village guard system. HRW's letter contained a summary of the human rights violations reports that the organization had received for almost twenty years--violations and abuses committed by village guards.

The AKP government disregarded the call for abolition of the village guard system but this was after the Amed Serhildan, during which the Murderer Erdoğan gave security forces the order to murder indiscriminately women and children.

So what is it with this massacre? It was another state-sponsored massacre of Kurds but it went badly because there were survivor witnesses. If the state's assassins had killed everyone, as one survivor heard one of the assassins tell the others, the state would have blamed this black operation on PKK, just as the Ankara regime has done so many times in the past.

And if you don't believe that, then you tell me when you've ever heard of a "blood feud" carried out like this.


SimkoShkak said...

Very odd this event, what would be the reason for this order if it where to come from the state itself?

To blame the PKK and thereby undermining the ceasefire?

Or could it just have been abuse of power from a clan against another?

Anonymous said...

Mizgin, do you know what the word Turkmen means? Insomuch as Iraq's Turkic citizens are Turkmen, the Terekeme people are close to Turkmens. In somewhat oversimlpified terms, Terekeme people are Sunni Azeris. Their language is a Turkic dialect that sounds much like Azeri (as is the Iraqi Turkmen language). There are a number of Terekeme throughout Turkey (incl. north Kurdistan). I guess you did not live very long in north Kurdistan or Turkey or else you would know who these people are.

Anonymous said...

Your reasoning is flawed. My grandfather who lives in North Kurdistan didn't know who Terekeme were!


Gordon Taylor said...

"According to customs, you cannot do something like this at funerals or weddings. This region has never seen such a thing. They did not regard the rules when they did this."True, but maybe not quite true. There was the famous incident in Kiziltepe in 1975, when first one family lost several members in a blood feud, and then, when they were having a funeral for those family members and were walking to the graveyard, they were attacked again with the loss of many more men. I don't remember the two clans' names exactly, but I think one of them was the Turk family. This made a big splash at the time, but probably because yes, it DID break the rules. But of course no women or children were shot. (Does anyone know more about this incident? I'd be happy if someone could tell me more.)

So yes, the rules have been broken before (someone always breaks the rules sometime), but a massacre like this? No. Of course, at Kiziltepe in 1975 they were using tabancas. Now it's Kalashnikovs: pull the trigger once and you can blow away dozens of people.

Hamo said...

Apparently AKPs Mardin Mayar a month before the incident provided 400 kalashnikof, 30 BCK Automatic rifles and 500 graneds to the village guards.


Every single facts appearing from this incident directing the massacre on Turkey's state shoulders.

Anonymous said...


Though I don't of the incident you mentioned, it's indeed breaking rules and a family like that will get no respect from anyone. Shooting women and children, especially pregnant women and babies, is WAY out of line. It's just a NO-NO.

What happened this time was nothing but state terror. The Korucu has lost their humanity and guess what? If nobody had escaped to tell the story, the massacre would be blamed on PKK. This is no different than what happened in Guclukonak where 11 korucus were killed by the state and then blamed on the PKK. Each time there is a bit of hope for peace, the state cooks up something. I am preparing a post on this event. It should be ready soon.