After months of verbal gymnastics from the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding the South-Eastern neighbor, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi accused him on Saturday of “terrorizing” his own people and called on him to resign. It’s a ping-pong on diplomatic level. Turkey and Syria actually have territorial issues.
“The demands of the Turkish people do not justify this violence, and if Erdoğan is incapable of using non-violent methods, then he should quit,” state television cited Zohbi as saying after rioting in Istanbul. Now, I wonder if Al-Assad, the Syrian President is not accused of similar traits. They’re “friends” after all.
“Erdoğan is leading his country in a terrorist way, destroying the civilization and achievements of the Turkish people.”
This is not true. I was against Erdoğan when his party won. I lived in Turkey over thirteen years, almost uninterrupted, or better said, not significantly interrupted. It is normal to try to understand the inner depths of the place you live.
Erdoğan has called for an immediate end to the latest protests and said his government would investigate allegations the police have used excessive force.
“If this is about holding meetings, if this is a social movement, where they gather 20, I will get up and gather 200,000 people. Where they gather 100,000, I will bring together one million from my party,” he said in a televised speech. Typical Erdoğan.
Speaking quotes are from worldbulletin.net
Erdoğan’s party, and with that we have to understand that the people actually elected his persona, not the party (a new invention at the time, just to create political status to elections) won the elections in unanimity because he appeared in the media continuously for a whole pre-elections year. Every day he had an opinion. It wasn’t fair for all the rest, but… , a foreigner to dislike him was normal. I came in that with the logical under-evaluating someone because of his background. I knew imams, personally. They don’t think. They don’t know much else over interpreting the Quran, it’s not required to know, and they form a sort of religious police if you got my sense. Erdoğan is an imam, so, with all his more or less organizational skills as the Mayor of Istanbul, something was fishy with him. Of course it was, but I wrote a lot about this, now I’m just saying something about the recent clashes there. Just a more moment, please. As any imam, he has some perceptible limits, subjective limits and patterns dictated by the Holy Book. He won on the supposition that everything different of what Turkey had to the moment, it’s better, so he won. All the “classical” parties who shared the power before, had corrupted members who didn’t care and showed that. DHP, DYP, DSP, MHP, even CHP (long time in opposition because of it’s leader) cared for their pockets, foreign interests and United States demands ruled, instead of the people’s will. Anytime, every few days, a new Kurdish or Armenian conspiracy was revealed, to take away people’s awareness from the economical mayhem. So he, through his Party, AKP, was elected by the religious people, by the peasants and the disoriented. The intellectuality (less than 5% maybe), voted elsewhere, but didn’t count.
Police as an entity, was always everywhere, especially in a great city like Istanbul. They have a camp in Taksim Square. All important demonstrations start or end in Taksim Square. Sometimes, really bad disoriented people plant bombs there, “to kill policemen”, they said. A terrorist organization or another, takes credit of it after a time. To dis ground a park like Gezi Park only to build another cement thing containing a mall (another one), was considered atrocious. Now someone somehow created the reason for the police to “violently” intervene against a bunch of “ecologists” protesting there, in the park and that was the spark to be speculated in the foreign media. “Outspoken American linguist and political philosopher” Noam Chomsky has condemned the brutal police crackdown on protesters denouncing the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, saying it recalled “the most shameful moments of Turkish history.”
I wonder if it’s possible for Chomsky to not have an opinion on everything? Arab Spring, blah blah blah, communists, fascists, capitalists, blah blah blah, occupy whatever, etc. If an outstanding event took place, everybody try to endorse it with what the “outspoken American linguist and political philosopher” says… because he always has something to say, no matter what.
I started to like Erdoğan later, because after he came back from Washington, after kissing Bush’s hand ten years ago, after he was again politically rehabilitated, he started with the people, with reforms concerning pensions, help, funding. They have how to do this. When politicians and bankers stop from stealing even for a short time, one can make populist reforms. I started to like the imam because he stand erect in front of other politicians in international forums and meetings. With all his American support (which if exists, is the most powerful support of all), he has “glutes”.
And police was ordered to act like it acted, just to provoke the chaos after.
I wonder who sponsors OccupyGezi? By the way, the masked guy in the second picture is presented like a “content protester after a night struggle – OccupyGezi Pictures”. Geez, who is nuts here? Am I nuts? What “Turkish Spring”? Erdoğan is not a dictator who needs to be replaced.
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