If approval was given by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel for the military air strikes on 34 civilians along the Turkish-Iraqi border last December, then the prime minister should courageously say so.
He should never appear to cover up the tragedy or his sincerity and trustworthiness will be questioned. The president and prime minister should go to Uludere, where the 34 civilians were from. They should empathize with the families of the victims and shed tears with them. They should tell them had there been no terrorism, such great pain would not be suffered. I know this would not console them completely, but it would at least bring them some relief. I think Erdoğan’s sincere explanation of the incident and offering of an apology to the region’s people would ease their suffering.