By Mehmed Sabri Akgönül
Turkish military powers continued to attack targets in southern Kurdistan, nonstop for the past 10 days. The news from the attack zone says civilians have fled their homes because of airstrikes and the areas have been damaged by the attacks. The other news is Qandil, Zap and other guerrilla camps were bombed and almost 200 points were hit. It seems the Turkish state, by using the improved technology, hopes to do what it has been unable to do for the past 30 years. Turkish and international media say Turkey began the airstrike following attacks by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Turkish media and Turkish state authorities try to create legitimate grounds for the operations against southern Kurdistan and they also try to show PKK responsible for the attacks of the Turkish army. As always, Turkish media creates this legitimacy with a confused and sad expression first and then a show of anger and aggression. However, before the recent clashes, columns of conservative intellectuals, who are closer to the Justice and Development Party (AKP), said the Turkish government was preparing for a large operation. It was possible to see this preparation not only in the Turkish press but also in the declarations of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan said this before last incident: ?We are making this preparation thoroughly with all of our units. The preparations for hiring the staff is the last part. The police has a mission in this area with its entire staff and it will continue to take more responsibility. All of our security forces will continue to struggle with coordination for our common purpose. In this country, we said that there will be one nation, one flag, one homeland and one state. We will continue in this way.? Erdogan is not the only one to make this clear. From time to time, others echo the statement, including top ministers of the AKP, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, the main opposition Republican People?s Party (CHP), and the Nationalist Movement Party (a far-right party) MPs. There were previous debates about ?new methods? in the fight with the PKK. ?The new methods? can be abridged as: the war concept with PKK which the army was dominant is changing and there is a new strategy that from now on the war process is going to be controlled by the government. If the recent clashes are evaluated in this way, it comes to mind that the preparations and planning took place a long time ago.
The current resolution, which provides the legal basis for operations in southern Kurdistan, expires on October 17, but AKP and Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are likely to ask for another one-year extension. The personnel were moved by road over the past three months. The efforts to extend the resolution and deploy military troops at the ?border? are reminders of the question; ?Is there a ground operation in southern Kurdistan??
Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Iran?s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The telephone conversation lasted for 37 minutes and we can assume they talked about the attacks carried out against the PKK and the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK). Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said: ?The fight against terror will continue until it is destroyed to its roots.? Bozdag said these operations will go on and he added, ?Some operations have been launched on the shelters of terrorists [referring to the PKK guerillas]. As you have been witnessing, the air and land operations to the dens of terror have taken place, and they will continue without hesitation when necessary.?
In almost every city of northern Kurdistan demonstrations were held against the attacks of the Turkish army. Van Peace Mothers Initiative said ?the war must end? with a mass throwing of white scarves, a tradition used to end tribal fights. Esmer Abi made a statement on behalf of the initiative, saying, ?In the past, when there was a fight between two tribes, women threw their white scarves in front of people to stop fight. We are also throwing our white scarves in front of Prime Minister Erdogan and telling him this war must end and none of the mothers can grieve any more.?
DTK announced the conclusion of assessment meeting due to recent operations. People from Siirt, Mardin, Diyarbakır, Bingöl, Elazığ, Dersim will go to the Şırnak ?border? and people from Hakkari, Van, Igdır, Kars, Agrı, Erzurum, Mus, Bitlis will go to the ?border? of Hakkari on August 27. Also, in Diyarbakir, Van, Adana, Mersin, Istanbul and Izmir, there will be mass demonstrations on the World Peace Day on September 1. In its announcement, DTK emphasized the Turkish military attacks are being done against the Kurdish national union and the desire of Kurds to gain a ?political status and self-governance.?
After escalating military actions in northern Kurdistan and bombing camps of the PKK in southern Kurdistan, including DTK, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR), Participatory Democracy Party (KADEP), Nubihar Association, Association for Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People (MAZLUMDER), Human Rights Association (IHD), Diyarbakir Medical Association, Kurdish Writers' Association, Association of the Assyrians, Armenians Association, Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce, the Southeastern Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (GUNSIAD) and TZP Kurdî, 20 political parties and civil society organizations held a press conference in Diyarbakir. The press statement was made by Diyarbakır MP Şerafettin Elçi. He indicated the wave of violence which has been incited recently as a result of the AKP?s insistence on a deadlock on the Kurdish issue doesn?t only lead to deaths but also threatens the democratic process and environment of peace. Elçi said the recent operations aim to leave Kurds without a status, once again, and said, ?Some international powers are also supporting the concurrent Iranian and Turkish attacks in southern Kurdistan. These attacks aim to redesign the Middle East and once more leave Kurds without a status.? . Elçi, who indicated that they follow the ?new security concept,? said, with deep concern, ?It is known well that the same concept was tried under the name of
In Turkey, the ruling party, the opposition parties and the media yell battle cry in chorus. After the air operations in southern Kurdistan, preparations for the ground war are being made. The refrains of ?eradicating the terror? of 27 years are again in the limelight. The past 30 years show that Kurds cannot accept the burden of this inauspicious problem inherited from the last century until today any more, and it is clear they are going to do anything to solve it. The administrative political staff of the AKP, which claims it sees the world with a new political vision, somehow cannot see any harm or dilemma in using methods and techniques of a century ago in solving this question. History has always proved that every political power which insisted on ignoring Kurds as a nation and Kurdistan as their land, didn?t have any other outcome except exhaustion, and losing power sooner or later. The greatest responsibility AKP staff has is to show its profound and inclusive vision it says it has in every field, including the Kurdish question. No one is enthusiastic to see more bloodshed in this area, which is already drenched with blood.