Burak Bekdil - Ergenekon Haberleri
I have a feeling that our editor in chief, David Judson, will be mad at me for not sharing this scoop with the newspaper and instead revealing it in this column.
We were delighted with the colorful presence of 700 Turkish-speaking kids from all around the world at a recent gathering in Turkey. They won both hearts and minds in a country full of people who would be thrilled if a tourist called at them "Merhaba!" The usual answer would be, "Ne kadar güzel Türkçe konuşuyorsunuz / Your Turkish is so very good." The children came from literally all corners of the world to compete in singing, poetry-reading and prose competition at the Turkish Language Olympics, an exciting event sadly not covered by Eurosport.
It is one of the bad tricks of this profession: When there is a "bombshell" with an unknown fate, we are often dragged into the queue of commentators not necessarily because the bombshell is mature enough to comment on, but precisely because it is a bombshell and not commenting on it would be tantamount to "missing the agenda." The latest allegations of a coup attempt within the ranks of the armed forces, based on a document whose authenticity was still a mystery by the time this column was written, is a powerful example.
A quick amount of research on the Internet will turn up hundreds of entries in which government bigwigs make the following clich Ğ yet sensible Ğ statement when asked to comment on the Ergenekon investigation: "It would be wrong to comment on a court case in progress.
When I wrote last week "The rough guide to Turkey: A land of history, sunshine and lunacy" (Daily News, May 1), I did not know I was underestimating the Crescent and Star. Only a few days after that article appeared in this column, what became "international breaking news" informed us about the massacre in a Kurdish village. Did I say lunacy? I did, not realizing the limits it could reach in these lands.
In November 2002 when the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, came to power the grandiose political bet opened: Could Turkey’s Islamist elite metamorphose into liberals/democrats and push Turkey into the European Union?
Étells us that 61 percent of Turks are discontented with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s governance. Is that good news for the main opposition? Well, not exactly. The will of the nation also tells us that 77 percent of the Turks do not think the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, could be a reasonable alternative.
According to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the media group that publishes this newspaper is politically allied with the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP. He has often tagged us as "CHP partisans." Apparently, the CHP partisans have not only infiltrated into the Doğan Media Group, but also crossed the Atlantic and successfully penetrated into the U.S. State Department.
"The members of the clergy of Greece may not be shot. They may only be hanged. I beg you to respect this tradition," Archbishop Damaskinos asked of the German occupation authorities in 1943. The wars, even in the times of the Nazis, were fought in a more honest way than they are today. So I thought having re-read a rich bouquets of readers’ messages that had flown into my inbox at unusual volumes. All that because I had dared to criticize Fethullah Gülen in this column on Wednesday. Forget the positive and neutral comments. There is much we should learn from the negative ones.
The mullahs in Tehran have nominated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the Nobel Peace Prize. One Lebanese newspaper has nominated the prime minister for the caliph. With a little bit more effort Ğsuppose Mr Erdoğan next time slapped an Israeli bigwig in faceÑsomeone would nominate him for the Twelfth Imam since our religion rules out the possibility of Prophet Mohammed’s reincarnation. Ah, that, too, would have been none other than Mr Erdoğan! Ironically, all that is happening during a time of increasing talk of ’neo-Ottomanism.’
Last week, I explained why I decided to become an informer on the Ergenekon gang. This week, I will apologize to the AKP for all my past criticisms
I should have suspected that something fishy was cooking. My cat, Compay, spent the whole Tuesday night in unusual comfort and peace, not even scratching anyone around, or challenging the law of gravity by trying to walk on the ceiling. On Wednesday morning I learned from the radio what had turned him into another cat the day before: He knew he would escape the latest wave of detentions as part of the Ergenekon investigation whereas others were arrested.
Turkey’s Islamists should be privately feeling awfully grateful to their archenemy, the secularist military. If the men in uniform had not existed, who else could they have blamed their or their comrades’ own sins on, or construct cunning conspiracy theories? It could be disappointing for many foreigners, but Turkey’s evil "Invincible Armada" is not the evil Invincible Armada it is described as.