Turkish Justice: Gulens Recent Response to Uludere Massacre

www.kurdishaspect.com - 15 January 2012 - From Dr. Aland Mizell

Almost two weeks ago, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) killed 35 Kurdish civilians from Uludere village in an operation along the Iraqi border. The official statement argues that these 35 villagers were killed because the military thought they were terrorists. The military knows everything about the smuggling business. It appears that the military has all the information on who crosses the Iraqi border and when they return. If they knew that information, why did the military think they were members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) as they alleged? Who massacred 35 Kurdish young people and why? This massacre shows one more time that military action is not the solution for the Kurdish problem. When is the Prime Minister going to apologize to the victims’ families and to the Kurdish people? When is the Prime Minister going to acknowledge that military action is not the solution? When will the Prime Minister stop blaming the Kurds all the time and treat them with respect? Power gives choices. It is fair to say that trust for Gülen and for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) among the Kurds is diminishing and even among the Turks because trust correlates with how they use the power they have. In the past, people, like myself, believed that Gulen and his followers represented the truth. Now many people who know Gulen’s movement raise questions about their motive and especially the reason that so many people who do not agree with them end up in jail. Today Gulenists’ image abroad and in Turkey is slowly becoming shadier, mainly because of lack of transparency, accountability, human rights, freedom of expression, and the like.

For me the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression by the Turkish Armed Forces and cruelty by the bad people but the silence of the good people, of the international community, of the United State, of the European Union and even of the Barzani and Talabani leaders not pressuring Erdogan and Gulenists enough to stop their aggressive campaign against the Kurdish people. The Turkish media lost its credibility, because not until after two days were they able to report the massacre; the first massacre news came out via twitter and Kurdish Roj TV and was broadcast from the Netherlands. Parenthetically, for a long time Turkey has tried to pressure the Danish government to close Roj TV because of its defending Kurdish rights and being the only Kurdish voice. It is a shame for the Netherlands to close the Kurdish Roj TV because, according to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers. The media has the decisive role of distributing information and framing events, which are subsequently interpreted by the audience. The Turkish media’s content has never been objective; there is always one view that dominates the others. Since many Turkish media organizations do most of their reporting from outside the Kurdish region, there is a belief within the Kurdish territories that the media’s agenda is being dominated by the view from the government and Gulenists. Deceptively showing the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) as merely a terrorist group yet failing to apply the same standard when it comes to describing the Turkish actions is typical for the Mainstream media and shows the lack of journalistic investigation and in-depth reporting in the news stories. Today the international community remains mute against the Turkish government’s dismissive attitude. This recent disaster was one in which the most advanced aircraft killed innocent Kurdish civilians. Clearly, no matter what the Kurdish people do, they will be killed. (...)

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