June 1, 2010
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Turkey regrets the death of civilians in flotilla raid? - By Baqi Barzani

Following raid on Gaza-bound international flotilla by Israeli naval commandos, Turkish officials and some major Islamic organizations were prompt to strongly condemn Israel for violating international laws. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan impugned Israeli for lack of interest in resuming peace initiatives and holding no respect for the loss of human lives, in particular civilians.

Whenever Israel attempts to counteract to an external threat in self-defense, Turkey seeks to turn it into an international fiasco and manipulate it to its perk.  Today, in Ankara and other major cities in Turkey, thousands of Turks took advantage of the flotilla crisis and used it as a pretext to pour into streets. They chanted anti-western slogans and burned Israel flag in protest to the raid. Anti-Semitism and prejudice, threats and attacks against innocents Jews, Christians and Kurdish ethnic citizens is soaring to unprecedented level.  None of which is feasible without prior green light from the state.

Erdogan's Islamist-leaning AK Party has no tendency to get involved in mediating in Israeli-Palestine standoff. The recent skewed censure of Israeli raid by Turkey resembles more to private spite and sounds retaliatory. In spite of receiving hundreds of millions of US tax-payers dollars in military and economic aid, Turkey has forged strong alliance with organizations hostile to the United States and states recognized as sponsors of terrorism. To the United States and its European allies, it is intolerable. Defense, diplomatic, military and economic ties between Ankara and the rest world are going downhill to an irreversible level.

Most ironically, Turkish government expressed sorrow about the death of human lives which can either be construed as a shift of strategy in Turkish foreign policy or unparalleled, unheard-of sympathy for humanity.

Till now, Turkey continues to commit the most gross human rights violations against its own Kurdish masses. On a daily basis, hundreds of Kurdish women and children die of hunger, disease and poverty in South East Turkey. Whatever has been able to influence Turkey to alter its mind and commiserate with the death of civilians sounds a bit astounding! Apparently, the immaterial loss of thousands of Kurdish civilians in Turkey does not have a bearing but when it comes to few Turks, it matters a big deal. The Gaza blockade seems more pivotal than the rapidly devastating economic state in southeast (Kurdistan) and internal growing political turmoil inside Turkey. Frail to resolve its long-standing Kurdish dilemma, how does the global community have expectations from a state like Turkey in being able to broker a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine and other regional nations? Turkey should first resolve its own internal disputes it is coping with before trying to mediate be
tween other parties.

Sadly, the international community has expressed reservation toward the continuing suppression of 25 million Kurds by Turkey; while they portray the Israeli inadvertent storming of a trivial flotilla more momentous than the massacres being carried out by Turkish navy, air force and ground forces in sync in the Kurdish-peopled areas.

Turkish senior military officers should be prosecuted for carrying out such war crimes against defenseless Kurdish civilians.

Hopefully, in near future the countless death of innocent Kurdish civilians in southeast Turkey (Kurdistan) will also draw a modicum of attention by global media and international philanthropist community and organizations such as United Nation will convene an emergency meeting to discuss and address the Kurdish dilemma in the worsening Turkey.


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