The Progressive Turk Oxymoron

 Editorial, 29 November 2015

Armenians who follow Armenian/Turkish politics and particularly the Armenian goal to recover all or part of Western Armenia and Cilicia are split into three general groups: the first believes Armenians can recover their lands only through military means probably through a major international conflict; the second group hopes that by helping Kurds they can recover some of the Armenian territories when Kurds gain independence; the third group counts on a peaceful resolution. According to the last school of thought, as Turkey becomes progressive/democratic and gain unfettered access to the historic truth about the horrific injustice they inflicted upon the Armenians they would return the Armenian lands.

 Editorial, 29 November 2015

Armenians who follow Armenian/Turkish politics and particularly the Armenian goal to recover all or part of Western Armenia and Cilicia are split into three general groups: the first believes Armenians can recover their lands only through military means probably through a major international conflict; the second group hopes that by helping Kurds they can recover some of the Armenian territories when Kurds gain independence; the third group counts on a peaceful resolution. According to the last school of thought, as Turkey becomes progressive/democratic and gain unfettered access to the historic truth about the horrific injustice they inflicted upon the Armenians they would return the Armenian lands.

The third and possibly the second group received shock as a result of President Erdogan’s overwhelming electoral victory on Nov. 1.

The Erdogan victory underlines the obvious: he knows Turks better than the progressive forces inside and outside Turkey do. The Turks progressive forces were counting on to wake up from their racist, ultranationalist, and obscurantist frame of mind returned to power an Erdogan who is far more powerful than at any time in his controversial career. The Turkish voter, with his eyes wide open, boosted the power of a man who:

  1. Is partly responsible for the Syrian Civil War;
  2. Is partly responsible for the death of more than 250,000 Syrians, injury to more than 2 million Syrians, and the flight of close to 5 million Syrians;
  3. Is partly responsible for the presence of 2.5 million destitute Syrians in Turkey;
  4. Is partly responsible for the countless Syrian refugees who continue to flee to Europe;
  5. Is partly responsible for the $7 billion or so Turkey claims to have spent to “accommodate” the Syrian refugees;
  6. Is the closest ally of the murderous IS/ISIS/ISIL/Da'esh.
  7. In the past three years Erdogan has armed and trained ISIS;
  8. Provided the fleeing terrorists with sanctuary;
  9. Provided free R & R (rest and recreation) plus medical services at Turkish hotels, hostels, and hospitals to ISIS and related psychopaths;
  10. Provided air cover for ISIS forces to kill Syrians—Arab or Kurd;
  11. Helped ISIS in the destruction of Kobani;
  12. Supported the ISIS office in Istanbul which offered welcoming service for the nascent international terrorists and hoi polloi who wanted to join in the ISIS bloodbath;
  13. Allowed that same Istanbul hospitality office to provide money, advice, transportation services and safe crossing from Turkey to Syria;
  14. Who did a wink-wink, nudge-nudge to “refugees” headed to Europe to terrorize the people there;
  15. Who sheltered Chechen, Uighur, Jabhat el-Nusra (the Al-Qaida chapter in Syria) and other Islamic terrorists whose bloody trail extended from Western Europe to Thailand;
  16. Who helped ISIS flourish financially by buying the terror group’s ill-gotten Iraqi oil. By doing so contributed to ISIS’ ability to perpetuate further atrocities and destruction;
  17. Who facilitated the theft of antiques in Iraq and Syria by allowing art thieves to use Turkey as transport channel to Europe;
  18. Who is an ally of one of the most primitive, corrupt, violent, and anti-human rights countries in the world: Wahabist Saudi Arabia;
  19. Allowed the Dokumacilar Unit of ISIS in Turkey to recruit terrorists (of the 400 recruited from Adyaman alone, 60 were trained as suicide bombers);
  20.  Collaborated with ISIS suicide bombers who killed 98 Kurds and allied peace activists in Ankara on October 10. As Kurdish leader Sallahetin Demirtas wondered aloud: “How in a country where a bird can’t fly without the knowledge of the intelligence services did the killers acquire the bombs, travel freely to the demonstration site and merge with the Kurds without the knowledge of the Turkish authorities?”
  21. Sent toxic sarin gas to Damascus (which killed many civilians) so as to draw the Americans into the Syrian Civil War;
  22. Backed false flag operations in Syria;
  23. Told the Islamic terrorists to target Armenian neighborhoods in Aleppo and to attack Armenian Kessab in northern Syria;
  24. Frequently banned or blocked Internet, Twitter and other social media so as to control freedom of expression;
  25. Imprisoned scores of journalists and harassed media which did not march to his drum beat. Among his major victims: Zaman, Hurriyet, CNN Turk;
  26. Announced he would increase the budget of the intelligence services by 47%. This at a time when the lira had lost 25% of its value within a year;
  27. Allowed the budget of the Directorate of Religious Affairs to be larger than those of 12 ministries;
  28. Whose government arrested 12-year-old boys for “insulting the president”. The punishment for such offense is two to three years in jail;
  29. Built a 1,001-room Presidential Palace at a time when the economy was in a downward spiral (the building has a staff of 2,700);
  30. Who is a billionaire whose path to fabulous wealth is a state secret;
  31. Boasts about his vile language and is responsible for such quotes as “Ben buyuk tasakiera var” (I have big balls);
  32. Admitted “democracy is like a trolley—you ride it until you arrive at your destination, then you step off”;
  33. Who is intent at replacing parliamentary government with an executive president—a sure path to dictatorship in his case;
  34. Whose intelligence services killed Kurdish women activists in Paris and journalists Serena Shim and Jackie Sutton. Shim’s crime was to report on Turkish military activities in Kobani. Sutton, a former BBC reporter, was found hanged at an Istanbul airport washroom. She was the director of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in Iraq. She was on her way to Irbil. Her predecessor was killed a few years ago;
  35. Who interfered in the domestic policies of neighboring countries, particularly Egypt, a country which has been a long-time friend of Turkey.

The above rap sheet of Tayyip the Terrible is by no means comprehensive.

The murderous buffoon, the psychotic clown, the scourge of progressive forces certainly understands the Turkish psyche. Otherwise how to explain the ringing victory the electorate gave him in early November?

How did the Mussolini of Mendacity achieve his victory? He first created a false Kurdish threat by attacking them. When the Kurds refused to fall into his trap and didn’t retaliate, Wily Erdo tried to provoke them once again: his intelligence services sent deranged ISIS murderers to kill the Kurdish marchers in Ankara. The jumped-up Machiavelli of Ankara hoped the outrage would finally force the Kurds to hit back. Erdo then scared the electorate by claiming Turkey’s existence was threatened and that the only way to maintain the country’s cohesion was to choose his ultranationalist and rejectionist path.

An electorate which had these facts at its finger tips but rejected to accept them is not one which inspires hope or confidence. An electorate which is willing to be hoodwinked is a long way from seeking the truth about itself, its ancestors, and its history.

Have progressive forces been taken on a ride as to the possibility of healthy change in Turkey? Are the Turks who said “We are all Hrant Dink” the useful idiots of Erdogan? Are they the unaware fig leaf of a reactionary Turkey?

10 comments
  1. Armenians Delusional

    "Armenians who follow Armenian/Turkish politics and particularly the Armenian goal to recover all or part of Western Armenia and Cilicia are split into three general groups: the first believes Armenians can recover their lands only through military means probably through a major international conflict; the second group hopes that by helping Kurds they can recover some of the Armenian territories when Kurds gain independence; the third group counts on a peaceful resolution."

    Three questions to all three delusional groups:
    1. Which Armenians are going to live on the recovered territories?
    2. What is going to happen to  people (20 million) living  on this territory?
    3. How and who is going to govern expanded Armenia? Plutocrats like now? 

    On a  more serious note, I am really amazed that Armenians do not draw parallels with the past. At the beginning  of the 20th century the  Russian and Ottoman Empires were in conflict. During the consequent war the Armenians largely supported the Russians. But Russia was a backward country governed by a stupid tsar, and its economy was weak. At some point  Russia collapsed, its army retreated, and Armenians were left at the mercy of the Turks. If anyone forgot that story or considers that things are different now, share your thoughts, please. 

  2. “Russia was a Backward…”

    "But Russia was a backward country governed by a stupid tsar, …..share your thoughts, please."

    I have not forgotten, but looks like you have. So which country would you have suggested tiny Armenia to align itself with at the time? Please list the countries that would have been able and willing to fight the Turks at the time in support of Armenia.
    Don't forget France which sold out Armenians and handed over Cilicia to Turks on a silver platter. Or Britain whose battleships could not climb the Armenian mountains. Maybe Kaiser's Germany?

    I assume that  by "Russia was a backward country governed by a stupid tsar, and its economy was weak" you mean Russia is the same now.

    Please list the countries that are willing and able to defend the RoA and Artsakh from  certain invasion by NATO-member Turkey the moment the Russian military leaves the RoA. Share your thought, please.

    1. Defense of Armenia

      Why does another state have to defend Armenia?

      It is not going to happen! You people have always relied on someone else to defend your interests: Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Russians, Woodrow Wilson, etc.

      After 3,000 years you can not learn the simple truth: nobody will do your job but yourself. Russians sold you out; France sold you out; Sevre  peace plan co-signators sold you out. It is going to happen over and over again unless you stop relying on others. Tigran the Great had his empire 2,000 years ago. The only territorial gain since then is Artsakh. Did you move to settle there in masse? Are you able to re-populate at least one town, Shushi? Are you able to stop the emigration from Armenia? What are you talking about?

      1. Very strange

        Very strange way for someone posting with a name ‘Gagik Tovmasian’  to write about subjects near and dear to Armenians. “You people”? Who is this “you people” you are talking about ?

        As to Armenia defending herself.

        The mighty Byzantine Empire fell under the blows of Seljuk Turks, who by the way are still sitting in occupied Constantinople.
        How did that happen ?
        How did Nazi Germany conquer all of Europe in a matter of months ?
        After WW2, large and populous Islamic Turkey ran and hid under the skirts of NATO (composed entirely  of Christian states), because USSR was about to invade and dismember the criminal state.  Armenia is well capable of defending herself against Azerbaijan, for example, which has a population about 3 times that of RoA, and has an  offense  budget of $3.8 Billion vs RoA $450 million. Yes, Billion. About 10x more than RoA. 
        South Korea asked for and received assistance from various states during its war with North Korea: why ?
        US still maintains a heavy military presence in SK, even though SK is a populous, militarily  strong state.

        Since the beginning of time countries have entered alliances to defend themselves against disproportionately  stronger enemies or potential enemies.
        Why is France a member of NATO, for example ?
        France cannot defend itself ?
        You really expect Armenia, with a population of 3 million, to be able to withstand an invasion from Turkey by herself  ?
        If you know how, please tell us.
        I am sure readers of Keghart will greatly appreciate knowing about it.

        1. Dear Avery, I see nothing strange

          Dear Avery,

          I see nothing strange. Just because I am Armenian I don't have to think the same way as you do. By you people I mean all those who return from their well paid jobs, sit down in their warm houses  somewhere far from Armenia and write about bright future when Putin will solve your problem. 

          Let's get  back to your first response. You asked:
          "You are now a grown man.
          Question: What do you do? Allow the squatters to continue living in your house? Do nothing? Live with it? What if a new set of criminals invade the house you built and do the same thing…again?"
          So please answer that question yourself. What do you do?  Do you take arms and go fight Erdogan troops? Are you going to kill Turks living today, because their grandpa may have killed yours or sit and wait for Putin to do the job? Are you going to move from your cozy house and lucrative business somewhere in the USA, France or Argentina to live on lands liberated by Putin for you?

          Artsakh is a very good example. There are people who live there and who want their independence. They fought for it and achieved it.  They used help from Russia. But Russians did not help to kick out Azeris because of love for Armenians, they did it, because they wanted to stop the flow of oil from Baku to the West. They reached the goal only partially. They would never allow peace to be established between Armenia and Azerbaijan, because they need  to keep Azerbaijan under a constant threat. They use Armenians as such a threat. Would they guard your back if Aliev gives up and lets Russians handle his oil and gas reserves? Of course not!

          Now they have another agenda. A big one. How to return to the poker table. They got no money, no economy, no technologies, no industry. They got natural resources, which at the moment is worth little.  They only know how to make bombs and airplanes to deliver them. And they think their bluff would work.  But your dream of Western Armenia is nowhere in their plans. They use your tragedy just to provoke the enemy.

          I am not sure if  sly Erdogan would be easily provoked, but naive Armenians are already fallen into that silly trap.  
           

  3. Keghart Nails Erdogan

    Turkey continues its monstrosity on the world's watch because no one stands up to it. Group number 3: please do not preach to me about how Turkey is changing or how so-called reconciliation is the answer.

  4. What’s Going to Happen

    Gagik,

    Re your question:

    Number 2.  "What is going to happen to people (20 million) living on this territory?"

    I will answer in a minute, but have a question for you, given this hypothetical scenario.

    So you and your lovely family–father, mother, brothers, beautiful sisters. They live in a great, well-built  house that your father, your grandfather…built and maintained over many generations. They really worked hard at it. One day a bunch of vicious criminals from far away invaded your home, while you were having a family dinner. Everyone was massacred. You were in another room; were not seen and escaped. While you are fleeing, you hear the screams of your mother and sisters…..as the savages are havinng their way with them.
    After looting the house and taking your youngest sister with them, the savages bring in squatters from another part of town to live in your house.

    You are now a grown man.
    Question: What do you do? Allow the squatters to continue living in your house? Do nothing? Live with it? What if a new set of criminals invade the house you built and do the same thing…again?

    Answer to your question 2:  What will happen is the same thing that happened to the squatters who were living on occupied Armenian lands surrounding Artsakh. Armenian lands that were ethnically cleansed of their indigenous Armenians. Massacred, chased away, forcibly Turkified.

    Squatters go back to their own lands.
    Yes, it will take time and effort on our part. And a bit of luck. We got time. Been around 5,000 plus year. One-hundred years, two-hundred years…mean nothing. Jews wandered the world for 2,000 years before returning home. We have a slight advantage. But again we have to make an effort. And the effort starts in the mind.

    There were a bunch of delusional people in Armenia and Artsakh who, in 1989 or so, had the idea that Artsakh would some day free itself from the nomad Turkic yoke and be independent. Yep, them crazy Armenians sure were delusional. 

    1. New Times

      I would like to share my thoughts. New times are around the corner. We are going through a transition. We are watching huge changes of the world. I don't know what will happen next. God save us all. If the hypocrisy continues we will witness Third World War.

  5. US Fully Behind Turkey

    All these gross violations by Erdogan's Turkey could not happen if he didn't have the full support of the neo-cons in the Obama administration. The latest example (the shooting down the Russian plane) is a classic: after shooting down the plane, he ran to his master US/NATO for support and he got it. It sums up everything as to why Erdogan can get away with it. He would even invade Armenia if it wasn't for Russian support of Armenia.

  6. Our Genocide Memorial Der Zor Church

    I went through Erdogan's responsibility list twice & did not find anywhere about the destruction of our Genocide Memorial Der Zor church.

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