A sense of freedom is one of the few things keeping the entrapped living entities sane in this material world. Whether illusory or not, the apparent sense of freedom allows us to at least presume we have a degree of free will, a feeling of control, that we have a choice and can express that choice in our actions and words – as in freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom to vote for our leaders. Turkey – a NATO member – who is officially awaiting membership into Europe, the EU, has however abandoned these freedoms. The president of Turkey has again removed these freedoms from his people by just yesterday sending police, backed with a court order, to take over the biggest selling newspaper in the country of 75 million people.
Zeman (Time) Newspaper, founded in 1986, famously the first newspaper to go online in Turkey, with 1 million readers, was forcibly invaded by police who threw out staff and editors, initiating a total government takeover of the media house. Ironically the owner was once a good friend of President Erdogan, but when observing the crimes of the president he felt the need to speak out against it. Immediately the newspaper was labelled a “terrorist organisation” despite never having committed any violence. In recent years over 30 journalists have been imprisoned, university professors have been labelled terrorists and some are on trial for insulting the head of state. Amnesty International has condemned these actions outright. Basically, as one Turk said, “democracy has been killed off”.
This is important for all of us because, as a blogger we enjoy the liberty of being able to speak our mind and say whatever we feel is important to us, according to our inalienable human rights and national constitution. And we are talking about a member of NATO here, be it a token one. In other words this is a country that will stand beside Europe with military might when facing an enemy of Europe or America and the freedoms they apparently cherish. The truth is that Turkey and Greece are only NATO members because America wanted them on her side against USSR back in 1952, and they happened to border the communist red danger back then. They are in fact thousands of miles from the Atlantic ocean, so technically are anything but a North Atlantic country, as the name NATO implies. So for the sake of military might and political dominance NATO is willing to override fundamental human rights, and freedom of speech and even freedom of thought. If Europe or America were honourable they would expel Turkey immediately, but all decency amongst the civilized west has been thrown out the window today. Your freedom has been usurped as the winds of war whip up the dust and fling it out the door. All’s fair in war, apparently, and even we the journalists are now the enemy because we stand for human rights and truth in the face of tyrants who label themselves democratic and dignified. Even in 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus, and their neighbours Greece promptly left NATO (briefly) in a show of solidarity with human rights against the despotic Turks. Still today Turkey is an illegal occupier of half of Cyprus, recognised by no one on the planet, yet still they are in bed with EU and American military. In other words NATO, in truth, places their military power above your rights of free speech and democracy. What does it tell you about Europe and America when they allow their partner to support the apparent enemy of the western world, namely ISIS, by buying the oil they steal from Iraq and Syria, as well as medically treating ISIS militants in their Turkish hospitals? This is ISIS we are talking about. And Al Qeida. These are the openly declared enemy of America as stated by the POTUS (pres. of US), Bush and Obama himself. The known use of chemical weapons by Turkey against the Kurds on their border obviously mean nothing to NATO. Certainly not enough to distance themselves from the criminal perpetrators who side with their so-called enemy. It reveals to me that ISIS and Al Qeida are not really an enemy at all, but are being used by NATO as an ally to destabilise the Middle East and steal their resources.
“I see this as an extremely serious interference with media freedom which should have no place in a democratic society,” said Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. “It is the latest in a string of unacceptable and undue restrictions of media freedom in Turkey.” Also Reporters without Borders have issued their own strongly-worded statement, accusing President Erdogan of “moving from authoritarianism to all-out despotism.” Not only has he taken over four media organisations from his outspoken critic and turned them into government propaganda machines in recent times, but almost 2,000 journalists, bloggers and ordinary citizens, including high school students, have found themselves prosecuted on accusations of insulting this despotic president of Turkey. And more than that, he has waged open genocide against the Kurdish minority for years.
What does it mean when Europe and America do nothing as their NATO ally commits these crimes against humanity and sides with the world’s enemy, namely ISIS and Al Qeida? It means that they are complicit in the crimes, condone these war crimes, and even worse, it means that the “war on terror” is actually a farce, a sham and a con. We the people are being lied to by our civilized western leaders simply to keep us dumbed down while they ride roughshod over our human rights, and allow NATO to commit war crimes. Well if you still think you have the moral high ground as a NATO member, then you are perhaps too far gone. Fortunately not every one believes the lie told by NATO any more, for freedom of speech and freedom of expression are still alive back home, and in the biggest show of solidarity with Kurds in history, a protest march kicks off in UK tomorrow 6 March 2016, as the masses take to the streets over this injustice. The genocide perpetrated by Turkey, and condoned by NATO simply proves the Kurdish proverb that emerged after the suppressed Kurdish riots in Turkey in the 1920s that said “Armenians for breakfast, Kurds for supper.”