Turkey regrets the death of civilians in
By Baqi Barzani, for ekurd.net
Following raid on Gaza-bound international flotilla
by Israeli naval commandos, Turkish officials and
some major Islamic organizations were prompt to
strongly condemn Israel for violating international
laws. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
impugned Israeli for lack of interest in resuming
peace initiatives and holding no respect for the
loss of human lives, in particular civilians.
Whenever Israel attempts to counteract to an
external threat in self-defense, Turkey seeks to
turn it into an international fiasco and manipulate
it to its perk. Today, in Ankara and other major
cities in Turkey, thousands of Turks took advantage
of the flotilla crisis and used it as a pretext to
pour into streets. They chanted anti-western slogans
and burned Israel flag in protest to the raid.
Anti-Semitism and prejudice, threats and attacks
against innocents Jews, Christians and Kurdish
ethnic citizens is soaring to unprecedented level.
None of which is feasible without prior green light
from the state.
Erdogan's Islamist-leaning AK Party has no tendency
to get involved in mediating in Israeli-Palestine
standoff. The recent skewed censure of Israeli raid
by Turkey resembles more to private spite and sounds
retaliatory. In spite of receiving hundreds of
millions of US tax-payers dollars in military and
economic aid, Turkey has forged strong alliance with
organizations hostile to the United States and
states recognized as sponsors of terrorism. To the
United States and its European allies, it is
intolerable. Defense, diplomatic, military and
economic ties between Ankara and the rest world are
going downhill to an irreversible level.
Most ironically, Turkish government expressed sorrow
about the death of human lives which can either be
construed as a shift of strategy in Turkish foreign
policy or unparalleled, unheard-of sympathy for
Till now, Turkey continues to commit the most gross
human rights violations against its own Kurdish
masses. On a daily basis, hundreds of Kurdish women
and children die of hunger, disease and poverty in
South East Turkey. Whatever has been able to
influence Turkey to alter its mind and commiserate
with the death of civilians sounds a bit astounding!
Apparently, the immaterial loss of thousands of
Kurdish civilians in Turkey does not have a bearing
but when it comes to few Turks,www.ekurd.netit
matters a big deal. The Gaza blockade seems more
pivotal than the rapidly devastating economic state
in southeast (Kurdistan) and internal growing
political turmoil inside Turkey. Frail to resolve
its long-standing Kurdish dilemma, how does the
global community have expectations from a state like
Turkey in being able to broker a peace agreement
between Israel and Palestine and other regional
nations? Turkey should first resolve its own
internal disputes it is coping with before trying to
mediate between other parties.
Sadly, the international community has expressed
reservation toward the continuing suppression of 25
million Kurds by Turkey; while they portray the
Israeli inadvertent storming of a trivial flotilla
more momentous than the massacres being carried out
by Turkish navy, air force and ground forces in sync
in the Kurdish-peopled areas.
Turkish senior military officers should be
prosecuted for carrying out such war crimes against
defenseless Kurdish civilians.
Hopefully, in near future the countless death of
innocent Kurdish civilians in southeast Turkey
(Kurdistan) will also draw a modicum of attention by
global media and international philanthropist
community and organizations such as United Nation
will convene an emergency meeting to discuss and
address the Kurdish dilemma in the worsening Turkey.
Baqi Barzani is a
Kurdish citizen of Sought Kurdistan [Iraq]. He
advocates the notion of " establishing an
independent Kurdish state". He contributes to
various Kurdish media outlets, especially ekurd.net.
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