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    Mehmet Y. Yilmaz: Neighborhood cafe politics

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    31.10.2007 - 12:49 | Son Güncelleme:

    Reading the public plea that MHP general leader Devlet Bahceli has made to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, I thought to myself, "I guess that's what being the opposition means."

    Bahceli, referring to the upcoming meeting between Erdogan and Bush, which was arranged months and months ago, advises Erdogan "don't go to him, let him come to your feet."

    If you really think about it, the fact that a meeting between Erdogan and Bush has been arranged for just this timing is in fact an incredible opportunity.

    If this meeting hadn't been planned previously, but we were still experiencing the events we are now, we would have had to be satisfied with just the Babacan-Rice meeting.

    But now we find ourselves with the chance to direct our questions and problems to the highest leader on that side of things.

    And the job of the opposition should not be to criticize this meeting.
    Of course, the opposition will have plenty to say if Erdogan goes and has no success in finding solutions.
    But pieces of advice like "don't you go, let him come to your feet," as in what we have heard from Bahceli, are the kinds of politics which can emerge only from neighborhood cafes.

    And the lack of seriousness inherent in this kind of advice simply doesn't support the weight of the problem we are facing.



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