Po­lit­i­cal Joke 2

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR

Two warm events have ap­peared this week in the Mid­dle East: one of them is nor­mal, re­lated to the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran polls; the other re­lates to a demo­cratic process in Tur­key, which in­tends to rep­re­sent the de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion of Ara­bic and Is­lamic world.

What is hap­pen­ing in Iran is the sce­nario known as an 'elec­tion'. We saw the com­pe­ti­tion be­tween rad­i­cals and Ira­nian re­li­gious center is not al­lowed to run for the coun­try's pres­i­dency. While Iran can­not con­front the in­ter­nal re­form­ers, and bans Raf­san­jani from run­ning for the elec­tion, it claims the dele­tion of Is­rael and wants to re­tain its nu­clear de­vel­op­ment against the po­lit­i­cal will of the West. It also main­tains its sup­port for the Syr­ian Regime for keep­ing it in power. This is a joke: a coun­try that can­not be open-minded enough to al­low a can­di­date for nom­i­nat­ing, how it would con­front the world while it's go­ing through a bad eco­nom­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, his con­fronta­tion with the West and in­ter­nal dis­putes.

At the same time, Tur­key strug­gles to re­gain con­trol over Taqsim Square us­ing riot po­lice and force. Tur­key has long been ex­tremely self-con­grat­u­la­tory about its po­lit­i­cal open­ness and democ­racy. It claims to be the only Is­lamic coun­try in the Mid­dle East to have adopted democ­racy. But while there is open­ness and democ­racy in Tur­key, take a close look at re­cent events: if this isn’t a po­lit­i­cal joke and the mat­ter is not sup­pressed us­ing na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign med­dling as ex­cuses, then we will un­der­stand that ev­ery­thing has its lim­i­ta­tions and ev­ery au­thor­ity can be pa­tient up to a point. We saw that while au­thor­i­ties in Tur­key were en­gag­ing in po­lit­i­cal open­ness to­ward the Kur­dish ques­tion, peo­ple just spurt.

It's true that Tur­key is never go­ing to be like the ArabIs­lamic coun­tries. But what hap­pened, es­pe­cially in terms of the use of force to end the demon­stra­tion, is just like the joke about the blind man who wants to save a per­son who’s drown­ing out to sea. The Kurds, the only or­ga­nized power stand­ing against Turk­ish au­thor­ity, are silent spec­ta­tors to the events. In North­ern Kur­dis­tan, on oc­ca­sions like Newroz, the Kur­dish New Year, thou­sands of peo­ple would demon­strate on the streets. The joke is that this time the Kurds are spec­ta­tors and the Turks are tak­ing to the streets to protest. What’s even fun­nier is that the White House, Ger­many, the Euro­pean Union and Hu­man Rights or­ga­ni­za­tion are de­fend­ing them and de­mand­ing that the au­thor­ity stay calm.

It's a nice po­lit­i­cal joke: the Ira­nian au­thor­ity con­cerns on Raf­san­jani run for the elec­tion, whereas they thinks that one move­ment may make them throw Is­rael away to the sea, and the West is not demo­cratic in their eyes. Tur­key on the other hand, in­stead of re­turn­ing to the demo­cratic el­e­ments, used force and reached the point that Prime Min­is­ter Er­doğan said they should teach the op­po­si­tion a les­son... If this democ­racy isn't that nice joke, what else can it be. If I liked it, means you're ex­isted, and if I didn't like it, so you're a trou­ble­maker who should be thrown out in the name of democ­racy and high in­ter­ests. In fact what Iran is do­ing and what's hap­pen­ing in Tur­key are just like some­one, in the name of democ­racy, steals bread for the sake of democ­racy and poor peo­ple, and then give them back as char­ity in the name of re­li­gion and democ­racy.

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