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HÜSEYİN GÜLERCE
August 15, 2012, Wednesday

Was Aygün really kidnapped by the PKK?

The kidnapping of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün by members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a major and multifaceted incident. Yet, it is tainted with confusing contradictions.

The person targeted is a deputy. In other words, this act involves a challenge against Parliament. Aygün is at the same time from Tunceli (Dersim), and is popular in the region. He disrupts the PKK’s moves to dominate a specific region. He is one of the rare politicians who can criticize the PKK during his election campaigns.

True, kidnapping a deputy is a major source of propaganda for the PKK. But Aygün is an Alevi-Kurdish deputy. In other words, the PKK can hardly explain his kidnapping to its supporters. Indeed, the inhabitants of Dersim acted in unison to lend support to Aygün. So what was intended with this act of kidnapping?

If you don’t have clear and correct understanding of what the PKK is, then your questions will remain unanswered. As far as I can see, all the current assessments are based on a PKK that is “independent, powerful and working for the independence of Kurds.” Is there such a PKK?

Let’s get back to the reality. A tutelary regime, reinforced with coups and constitutional amendments, has been in place in this country. Such a regime cannot be weakened with the eight or 10 lawsuits that are under way. And you cannot eradicate the junta mentality in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) by forcing 40-50 generals to retire.

I have been drawing attention to one specific point. The ties of the deep-state network called Ergenekon -- a clandestine organization nested within the state trying to overthrow the democratically elected government -- with the PKK have yet to be questioned. In other words, the investigation into Ergenekon has not progressed beyond the east of the Euphrates. What are the connections in drug and arms smuggling or human trafficking in the Southeast? What is the connection between the PKK and the JİTEM -- a clandestine gendarmerie intelligence unit established in the late 1980s to counter ethnic separatism in the Southeast? Who sent private soldiers on buses without any protection so that the PKK could massacre them easily? Who were the perpetrators of thousands of unresolved murders committed during martial law and a state of emergency? Who killed Diyarbakır Police Chief Gaffar Okan?

As Ümit Fırat reminded in his interview posted on the Haber X website, “In 1979, the Aydınlık newspaper published a report deciphering the backgrounds of the whole shebang of legal, illegal or civil leftist groups in Turkey. Then, the army overthrew the government on Sept. 12, 1980, and all of the indictments were prepared using the information made public by the Aydınlık newspaper. They had harshly criticized the PKK and the followers of its leader, Abdullah Öcalan.”

After the Sept. 12 coup, something happened and the PKK managed to purge all leftist Kurdish groups and took the initiative. Today’s neo-nationalists, Yalçın Küçük and Doğu Perinçek, who are on trial, went to the Kandil Mountains, and what advice did they give to Öcalan? The kidnapping of Aygün is part of a chain of incidents including the Uludere tragedy -- in which 34 civilians were mistaken for terrorists and killed by military airstrikes in Şırnak’s Uludere district, due to false intelligence -- and the downing of our jet. As the tutelage is feeling the heat, it is giving kisses of life to the PKK. Why? Because the target is the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). And Turkey’s economic and political stability is being attacked. Unable to get rid of the AK Party even after a closer case that was launched against it in 2008, the tutelary regime is left with its only trump card: the PKK. The PKK does not promise freedom, but dictatorship to the Kurdish people -- just examine the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) convention.

The PKK’s current war is directly against the AK Party. It aims to protect the Ancien Régime and the status quo. Indeed, in a democratizing Turkey where the Kurdish issue will be settled with reference to universal human values, the PKK has no place.

Can we also ask if global powers aren’t upset by Turkey as an emerging power? As an answer, let me restate former National Intelligence Organization (MİT) executive Mehmet Eymür’s statements published in the Takvim newspaper yesterday: “In the past, inside the MİT were many people working for the CIA, MOSSAD and the BND (German Secret Service). Such people are still there and will remain there in the future. Since 1950, Turks couldn’t rule Turkey. This lasted for 50 years. Located in the world’s most critical position, Turkey has never been left alone by the US, Russia, Germany, the UK, Israel and other countries, and they will not be in future. … They exerted their influence over those who ruled Turkey.”

Now let us ask: was Aygün really kidnapped by the PKK?

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