Political Joke 2
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.