14 December 2009, Monday /STAR ERGUN BABAHAN
The DTP has been shut down, and two of the party’s warmest, most mature and sincere members have been banned from politics.
The Constitutional Court has solved the Kurdish problem. Once again the Constitutional Court, which for years did nothing but close down parties and make political rulings with its decision on the quorum of 367 and university dress code, has reached another political decision. I do not agree with President Abdullah Gül at all. I don’t have to respect this decision, and I don’t. Closing down a party is actually not that big a deal in Turkey because you can set up a new one and then become the ruling power 30 years later. The real point is how the state looks at problems. If the state reckons that it can reach a solution by banning the most moderate two political figures from the region who are the closest to peace, then the initiative is in serious trouble. Now that the Kurds have left Parliament, the military can comfortably enter. Those who think that this single decision has solved the problem will see the result of this error in the long run.