17 February 2012 /MELİH ALTINOK TARAF
The day after MİT Undersecretary Hakan Fidan was summoned to testify as a suspect, I wrote that I saw this as an “operation to undermine the reform process by targeting bureaucrats who believe in negotiation.”
I claimed that the government strongly supporting Fidan would be the proper stance to take against those groups seeking to destroy negotiations and to keep dealing with the Kurdish issue militarily. And that is what happened. The government not only expressed its support of Fidan verbally, it also went further by passing a bill to protect him. The main opposition parties have objected to this bill on the grounds that it will increase the prime minister’s power and authority. There is no need to discuss their position in detail as they have taken this line out of jealousy and hatred of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). True, the bill in question may give the wrong impression, but, with it, I think the government is not attempting to prevent the purging of the old establishment within MİT but to facilitate its rebuilding. As is the case with the specially authorized courts, the government is required to take such “risks” to remove the coup regime in this period of transition.