A century ago today - YAŞAR TAŞKIN KOÇ

A century ago today

A hundred years ago, enemy ships were coming closer with the brilliance of having finished their landing preparations.

Then, on March 18th, they saw the splendor.

Then, by making the worst decision in World War history and actualizing a land operation, they had been defeated once again.

As they retreated, out of rage, they left behind messages like “Meet you at the Canal. Come there”.

Yes, Mehmetçik followed them to the Canal.

They’ve fought in countless long and tiring bloody fields.

The war, which affected the whole world and history.

Even today, the period between 1914 and 1918, was the source of the comments as World War III and World War IV.

What’s being experienced is, of course, World War I itself that is not finished.

In faraway lands, even Japan attacked Far Eastern Muslims, which had the possibility to support Ottomans, on the account of Great Britain.

Because, if they were mobilized towards India then Great Britain would’ve been forced to keep more soldiers in those lands.

Then, Irish soldiers arrived to fight on the account of Great Britain for the last time.

They were against the Ottoman soldiers, with whom they’ve fought alongside in Crimea just half a century ago.

Because, upon their return, London would be giving them independency.

London didn’t keep it’s promise; however, in 1922, the Irish, who mastered the armed struggle while fighting against Ottomans and Germany, regained their independency by force.

That same year, Ankara Government become the representative and symbol of a new government.

Even though British units were still in Istanbul, finally the path was clear; they were going to leave. After a while, they left….

The severe agreement, which had been signed after defeat, became the most crucial motivation of Berlin for a new war.

Because, the humankind doesn’t learn it’s lesson no matter what, they stick with their benefits in their preference between their benefits and mind.

This is also one of the things that is happening in the Middle East today.

Excluded, oppressed, alienated communities are mobilizing to take revenge or capture their rights at the first opportunity.

This week, we will be frequently reminding everyone of a hundred years ago, when all the above happened.

We will be focusing on Çanakkale, which possesses the privilege to be remembered when the conflicts in the Caucasian Front turned into severe defeats.

There is a common opinion related with exaggerations we make ourselves; however, it’s the contrary.

Even this opinion is the evidence of this.

On the contrary,  in general, we like to act like a nation, which is unfaithful, useless and whose history is full of failures on the contrary to the exaggerations; we do this secretly or blatantly.

Thus, let us observe written documents, recollections, and, diaries, analyses and researches of our enemies by the reason of March 18th, which will have us focus on the World War I.

I hope that our universities are tracking this closely.

Let us have a look at this event from the mirror of truth and foreigners’ studies, and let’s see; do we deserve this negative propaganda we are doing to ourselves?

We need to do this also.

We are all sick and tired of discussing a routine development, an accident and even a tiniest negativity in the daily life for days.

Neither the US dollar’s currency level discussions, nor communal dynamism discussions, nor the political differences discussion comes to an end and leaves our lives.

Let us have a breather this week and lean back, and look at what was happening in these days a century ago; this will possibly be good for all of us.

I’m not talking about running away and shutting our eyes.

Looking back at the history is like looking in the mirror.

I’m saying let us have a look at ourselves from that mirror; to our present time, to us.

Maybe the trenches and fronts are whispering more hopeful, reasonable and meaningful things; even if


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