Time goes on but Turkey remains the same, hopeless!
about 1 hour ago 09/10/15
BY GAREN YEGPARIAN
That's what happened. The lifeless corpse of Haci Lokman Birlik
was DRAGGED behind a Turkish police vehicle with a rope which
formed a noose around his neck. He was the brother-in-law of HDP
(the pro-Kurdish party in Turkey) parliament member Leyla Birlik
Here's what has to happen. The U.S. media must be DRAGGED into
reporting on these incidents which show the true face of the Turkish
state. Initially, when I searched, only the New York Times, among the
major U.S., had a report about the incident among the first twenty hits
I got through a Google search. More seemed to pick up on it days later.
It's also what happened in Texas in 1998 and 2008 when James Byrd
and Brandon McClelland, respectively, were DRAGGED to death for
being black men. So this horror is not unique to Turkey, but the
state sponsorship of this obscenity is a Turkish feature. Instead of
protecting its citizens, Turkey mutilates their bodies.
Imagine, officials initially DRAGGED out the argument that it was
because Birlik's body was booby-trapped, or that he had a suicide
vest on. Naturally, it is the most sensible thing to do to drag a
bomb around behind one's vehicle right? They must think the whole
It's easy enough to imagine the equivalent being done to Armenians a
century ago, except then we would have been DRAGGED behind a horse,
not a motor vehicle. Everyone has seen the heads of decapitated
Armenian corpses lined up on shelves. On other occasions, the heads
of Armenians had been placed on tall spikes as a warning, to instill
and maintain fear among the "rayah" (cattle).
One need not have his/her brain DRAGGED through complex interpretations
to see that the same policy prevails.
Today, Kurds are being DRAGGED along city streets to instill fear
in that community and render it docile and compliant with Ankara's
murderous whims. In particular, this was likely a message being sent
to the HDP to "behave," since if this can happen to someone with close
family ties to a parliament member, it can happen to anyone in Turkey.
Clearly, the Turkish state has DRAGGED across the centuries the mindset
and tradition of ruling through terror from the times of Central Asian
invaders; through the period of Turkic statelets in Asia Minor; through
the life of the Ottoman Empire and Young Turks of its terminal days;
through Ataturk, the murderous founder of Turkey; throughout the
"rule by coup d'etat" life of the "Republic"; and right up through
the 21st century's Turkish government with its neo-Ottoman pretensions.
Prime Minister Davutoglu, who does not need to be DRAGGED into playing
the public relations game, quickly condemned the actions of his
government's minions. But, his protestations ring very hollow in the
context of the war his party and government reignited against the Kurds
two months ago so they could whip up Turkish chauvinistic fervor to
win a parliamentary majority in the upcoming November 1 snap elections.
Turkish civil society may be progressing, but it confronts a huge
challenge since "official" Turkey obviously must be DRAGGED into
modernity and civilization.
Tell your local newspapers, the major media, and your representatives
in Washington about this incident since they, too, evidently, must
be DRAGGED into properly reporting and acting on conditions in Turkey.
Educate them about how common and historically consistent this behavior
is for successive Turkish governments.