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September 02, 2012, Sunday

Psychological warfare and Kurdish issue (3)

Claiming that the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has captured Şemdinli, Selahattin Demirtaş is calling on the state to "make a deal with it before it conquers other lands."

In other words, he implies that for the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic, "the state has lost its sovereignty over part of its lands."

Clearly, as a deputy, he readily announces that the “revolutionary war strategy” has proven to be a success.

He pretends to attract our attention to a fact no one is aware of, but he is actually engaged in psychological warfare.

The PKK has long been maintaining this campaign of psychological warfare via the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and its volunteer media outlets.

To make us believe this is true, a meeting was arranged in the mountains.

Then, a video showing a PKK member trying to erect a flag atop a mountain at night was posted on the Internet.

In the past, the state would make Ertürk Yöndem produce such programs like "Anadolu'dan Görünüm" (Anatolian Outlook) in which Kurdish aghas who cannot speak Turkish would be hosted on the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) channels in an effort to establish psychological supremacy.

Today, the state does not try such tricks as it has learned its lessons from the past.

Rather, it is the PKK which currently sticks to such methods of psychological warfare.

So far it is not hard to understand this psychological warfare scenario and I am capable of understanding it.

What I cannot understand is that a leading columnist of the Taraf newspaper insists on writing articles about this matter and contributes to the PKK's psychological warfare with these articles and headlines, knowingly or not.

On Thursday, Taraf ran the headline "Turkey in search of its new party."

It is futile to wait for Muslims to branch out into this party!

At a time when we are expected to believe that part of the state's land has come under the control of the PKK, what else can be done against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which has finally brought things to such a point?

To such thinking, Turkey should establish its new party and the AK Party and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should be tried at the Supreme State Council (Yüce Divan) and a peace agreement should be inked with Bashar al-Assad and the Syrians who fled to Turkey should be handed over to Assad and a deal should be made with the PKK to reclaim state control over the lost lands!

The same leading columnist is also obsessed with the Syrian refugee camps in Hatay!

If it were not for those camps, he says, Syria would not sponsor the PKK and we would be saved from trouble.

This distinguished author apparently does not know that Syria has been a basic issue for Turkey since PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan moved to the Baqaa valley to conduct the PKK attacks from there for 15 years to come.

At that time, he was probably busy with writing a novel.

Don't get me wrong; this is not something that someone should be ashamed of.

A novelist doesn't have to know the history of his country.

These days, the writers who can sit at their tables to narrate the city's nostalgia in the best way possible are getting Nobel prizes.

Yet if our chief columnist has developed an interest in the Kurdish issue, the Syrian issue and the lost lands, he should lend an ear to Demirtaş and take a trip to Şemdinli.

He should pay a visit to the militants in the mountains and also to the military outposts and the open state buildings in the province, the municipalities and the people of Şemdinli.

Furthermore, he should pass Habur and pay a visit to the Makhmour camp in Iraq, hosting the citizens of the Turkish Republic, created after the PKK's failed first attempt to create a liberated zone in Şırnak back in 1992.

Then, he should come back to write articles to illuminate us, and I believe no one other than he can masterfully tell us what he would observe there.

After he takes such a trip, I promise I will believe whatever he writes.

But I hope he should see the truth and set about saving himself and his precious paper -- for which I write as well -- from the shadow of this psychological warfare.

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