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16 April 2014, Wednesday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Difference between ‘opponent’ and ‘enemy’

6 February 2012, Monday /MEHMET BARLAS
Societies preferring to live democratically have to be well aware of the distinction between these two notions: opponent and enemy. A democracy is a regime that requires a society of people with various differences to live together.

These differences can be in terms of beliefs, ideologies, racial features and social inequalities. However, in totalitarian regimes, one who is different from how the regime wants or requires you to be is considered an enemy of the regime. Have we not seen this before? We used to identify the world and its people according to certain labels determined by the regime. Leftists used to be communists and rightists were followers of Shariah. Talking reasonably about the Kurdish issue meant being divisive. But now everything is different. Issues that used to be taboo and banned from discussion have become the talk of the town. Now there is a difference between an opponent and an enemy, as much as there is a difference between the Syrian Arab Republic and the Turkish Republic.

 
 
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