Failed Turkish Polity on the Path of Despair

August 2, 2015

 

 

 

Turkish elections in June 2015 became another nail in the coffin of leaving one party rule as the Justice and Development Party, AKP in Turkish, lost the majority in the parliament. This means that a coalition or cooperation is a necessity to form the government. In fact, shortly after the election results, a vital relief brought hope and struggle into the Turkish polity that was already crippled by the authoritarian assemblage in the last decade. Yet it tragically became more discernible later that the same hope has withered when the rise of HDP, rooted in the Kurdish political life and deeply coloured by leftist and democratic discourses, has become the discriminatory target of the AKP and Nationalist Action Party, MHP in Turkish. The already-defied Kurdish peace process is now more fragile more than ever. Both PKK, the notorious enemy of the Turkish state, and the Turkish military forces took their lines in this bloody and malicious battle again.

 

Public panic fosters conflict more vehemently when we watch weeping mothers who lost their sons in the battles or attacks in these dreadful and desperate days. Yet, on the other hand, we hear the ultimate wishes from those mothers at the same time as they utter tragically that peace must rule these territories, not the war. Conversely, some national newspapers use titles that aim at the proliferation of war while the country is descending into chaos. Peace is a long and thorny path and does not follow the road of despair. The country had terribly experienced what it meant to be in the throes of civil war in the 1970s. This is not the time to rewrite that dark chapter, which led to the demise of Turkish democratic consolidation after the military intervention. Turkish state's human rights violations and discrimination against many of its dissenting groups, including Kurds, recorded frequently both at the national and international arena. However, the recent developments show that the members of PKK or other groups within its orbit ask for more blood to demonstrate its power and remind outrageously that they are still in the game. This gives legitimate reasons -though sometimes end up with brutal outcomes- when Turkish military forces leave its bombs over mountains and remote areas. Howeever, this does not vindicate any argument that aims to attack a legitimate party, which took almost six millions votes. Indeed, these attacks marginalize Kurdish population as it did before and help empowerment of the PKK. More importantly, the political discourse that is surrounded by sexism, racism and any forms of discrimination increase the vulnerabilities of many citizens. If the same political discourse is embraced viciously by the public, the cultural codes of the dominant discourse establish its unjust hegemony to rule with oppression.

 

Violence brings more violence and victory cannot be attained by creating victims and injustice. The language of peace lies in sincerity to believe in it. If the peace is thrown into disarray in these convulsing territories, tragedy will be a normalised outcome in our everyday lives.

 

 

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