MEHMET KAMIŞ

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MEHMET KAMIŞ
July 24, 2010, Saturday

Where words come to a standstill

At a Hudson Institute conference (which are highly controversial in Turkey) in June 2007, some Americans asked whether the problems in Turkey would be resolved if some of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) administrators were arrested and handed over to Turkey.
Kubat Talabani, the son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, responded that an official in the military department of the Embassy of Turkey in Washington objected to this. The person objecting was retired Brig. Gen. Süha Tanyeri.

That same Tanyeri apparently authored a document titled “Süha Tanyeri’s Plan Seminar Notes,” which is mentioned on page 953 of the Sledgehammer coup plan indictment, suggesting cooperation with the PKK and the Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy Congress (KADEK). Tanyeri, who objected to the arrest of top-level PKK administrators, went a step further and urged that they need to work in cooperation with these two groups.

With each passing day it is becoming clear that these suggestions didn’t remain mere suggestions. In an article in the Bugün daily last week, an air forces officer identified as Lt. Fırat Ç. refers to PKK terrorists as “our men” while on the phone with a higher ranking officer, Lt. Col. Selim Selçuk Çakmaklı, noting that they were suffering many losses from Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and asking, “Either change its coordinates or shoot them down.” But an even more interesting bit of information was revealed in all of this, and that is that the higher-ranking officer communicated with the chairman of the General Staff’s intelligence unit.

Let’s continue to ask the question du jour: What is really happening in Turkey’s Southeast? We re-examine the events unfolding there, events in which our children have been slain, and our suspicions that extremely convoluted things are taking place there increase with each passing day.

The PKK is continuing its attacks, exactly as it wishes. But nowadays everyone is much more aware of what is unfolding in the Southeast. Helene Flature, the co-chairperson of the  EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, in a piece she wrote for the Zaman daily, stated that the PKK, which claims to represent the Kurds, is hindering the Kurdish initiative and that this exposes a formation of the deep state within the deep PKK. These observations are very important in terms of voicing the question of what is happening in Turkey’s Southeast in Europe and illustrating that even the most impartial of sources are becoming aware of just who the PKK is serving.

As we all know, as Turkey is inching closer towards a referendum, the PKK found a reason to break its cease-fire and began its attacks. The PKK and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) are simultaneously waging a strong campaign against the upcoming referendum. The BDP, which can’t quite predict its voters’ tendency in the referendum, has declared that it will be boycotting the referendum. However some circles which believe that the “no” votes will be in the minority might twist their arm into heading to the ballot boxes in order to vote “no.” The BDP might lift its boycott in the near future just so that there is an increase in the “no” votes. And this will show us just who is directing the BDP and İmralı (the island where PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan is imprisoned).

Every day our children are being slain in the Southeast. The amount of neglect in that part of the country is insurmountable. However, the reference to terrorists as “our men” while speaking with the chairman of the General Staff intelligence unit is where words come to a standstill. Really, just what is happening in this country?

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