This statement is the reality of the whole fight.
Since the day the Republic was founded, Turkey has been presented as a country that must be held in reserve and under control. Hence, mechanisms were setup within and without.
An "absurd" system was formed to prevent the state's administration from ever falling under the control of "local-national" elements. Every effort by the people to seize this system, to intervene and transform it has been averted through these mechanisms. So have the efforts by those who have been trying to turn the recent "system discussion" into a regime issue. And the aim of those talking of "blood."
Turkey is serving "those who do not want to leave Turkey to Turks."
Let us remember...
Late journalist Mehmet Ali Brand had written an article for the Turkish daily Posta on Jan. 13, 2000. In that article he had mentioned an international conference he attended in Vienna on Turkey. He wrote: "The Balkans cannot breathe without Turkey. Peace cannot be established in the Iraq-Iran-Syria triangle without reaching a certain agreement with Ankara. The Aegean and Mediterranean cannot achieve calm without Turkey's net contribution. This is why they are no longer going to allow us to do everything we please. The EU and IMF are going to set the rules and we are going to play in the context of those rules. Like a speaker said, 'Turkey is too important and valuable to leave to Turks alone.'"
So much has happened since then. But some continue to maintain the same mentality. We can see how those trying to bring Turkey into line with the EU and IMF want to block the talks on the system.
But it is too late. Turkey is no longer the old Turkey.
No regime problem, but a system problem
Do not worry, if regime discussions start in Turkey, the first to object to this discussion would be the "reasonable majority," namely, the religious conservatives.
The truth is that, concerned at the sight of how "social power" is slipping through their fingers, they are making statements mentioning "blood" to activate their old allies.
Because they are aware that once the "system change" takes place, it is not going to be possible to continue their little rule in their little space.
Since they know this, they are trying to sell and present the system change as a "regime change."
But the Republic project worked in Turkey. This nation has no problem with the regime. The political thought from late leaders Adnan Menderes to Necmettin Erbakan, from Turgut Özal to current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has contributed greatly to preventing such a problem from occurring.
Then there is no regime problem in Turkey.
But there is a system problem.
Although we say we are being governed under a "parliamentary system," even the shepherd in the mountains knows that the current system has nothing to do with a parliamentary system.
You are going to talk about a balance between powers, but not complain about the current system... Surprising!
The president is both irresponsible and will have almost all authority and on top of all this, he will be directly elected by the people. Where required, he can intervene in Parliament (like Constitutional Court decree 367) with high judicial power.
Parliament can be locked with internal regulations where required.
In addition to all this, as in the latest Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) convention process, judicial power will no longer be arbitrary.
And we are going to continue to say “There is no system problem in Turkey,” are we now?
President Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) are making a suggestion against the failing system: The presidential system.
It is the same circle that is saying, “If anyone has an alternative, let us discuss it.”
The mentality represented by Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is inclined toward suppressing the discussion with “blood.”
Because they have the mindset, “Turkey is too important to leave to Turks alone.”
Did you understand anything from the MHP convention process?
I have a sincere question for you: Did you understand anything from the MHP's convention process?
My answer is obvious – I didn't understand anything.
The only thing I understood is that, law in Turkey can be influenced either way if desired. We witnessed this once more. The legal system is so ancient that anybody can get the kind of decision they want.
Expecting justice from such a legal order is a tragedy.
Let us see how and in what way the mystery will be solved today.
We were just about to forget those MHP conventions where “Long live illegality” slogans used to be shouted. We do not want to go back to those days again.
Congratulations to Sümeyye
It was Dec. 27, 2003, right after the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 coup attempts. Then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had organized a rally in Sakarya.
I had written about that rally before. It was Erdoğan's first meeting with the people after the coup attempt and he had told 70,000 people, “I entrust myself to you.”
While Erdoğan was talking on stage, a mournful young lady was listening to him in a corner. I got closer to her and started to watch her. She was anxious, upset and mournful, yet she was standing tall.
I had never seen her face to face until then. I was touched by her state and approached and greeted her. “Do not be mournful, this nation is looking out for your father. As long as the people continue to love, these days will pass.” She bowed her head in the affirmative and said, “thank you.”
She was so upset… I said a couple more things stating that she should not be sad and excused myself… As I was leaving I heard her say, “Look at the things said even by those who we thought were our friends Mr. Öztürk, it is making us very upset.”
That young lady was Sümeyye Erdoğan.
She got married yesterday.
May God bless her with happiness.
I wish her bliss in both this world and the hereafter.