The age of questions - YAŞAR TAŞKIN KOÇ

The age of questions

Who is going to enter Raqqa?

How will those areas be cleared of Daesh?

The U.S. made the offer to Turkey.

Apparently it said, if not, I will go in with the People's Protection Units (YPG).

But now, apparently it might organize this operation together with Russia, Syria and even Iran. As a matter of fact, Russia is apparently loading armory from the port.

What about Mosul?

The Iraqi military? Is the Iraqi military really the Iraqi military? Once the components on the inside are separated into their elements, is there really an Iraqi military left?

What about Tal Afar? Why is it that in U.S. post-war TV series that troops returning from Iraq always clash in Tal Afar? Why is it that most of them are scarred even in the TV series?

Who is the wildcard character in both these regions?

Turkey is on the ground and even at the table now to prevent anything being done behind its back. So it seems the accounts are being settled.

Will the U.S. be the same U.S. after the elections?

How did Donald Trump creep up close enough to surprise Hillary Clinton again?

Why is China so quiet and what are the U.K. and Germany and Israel actually thinking?

Is the Far East, the buyer of 70 percent of the region's oils, filled with mimics they make with their slanted eyes that we cannot see?

Are Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates actually required to take a new position each month like all the other actors?

Have the birds completed their migration and seeds taken cover under the soil to let the snow fall?

Are the ants in such a haste every time the sun shows itself because of the approaching winter only?

How many of the 2016 model grandmothers now own knitting needles and are knitting wool jumpers, scarves or even socks now?

Are there any more village community councils that hold co-op meetings or an old man who tries to guess the likely degree of cold by looking at the quinces, or a man who teaches how water can be purified using a fork branch?

If they do exist, are we going to be able to be aware of them unless we watch their documentaries?

Is the century's age of question what fell on our plate?

How much of a recollective thing is Republic Day other than the ceremony, celebration reception and parade – with the exception of historians?

Or poets…

So glad we have them…

So glad that they have offered and continue to offer alternatives other than the bad poems that are memorized at primary school then forgotten.

They not only remind us of the Republic or celebrations but also of war, life, ants and the soil.

I can give hundreds of examples.

I can write national poet Mehmet Akif Ersoy's “yarından da yakın” (sooner than tomorrow) to poet Nazım Hikmet Ran or I can write with another version about poet İsmet Özel who says, “See, it's almost here, the one that is nearing.”

Since Saturday is Republic Day, since we are going to work half a day today as it is the eve of Republic Day, let us celebrate our special day through poet Onur Ünlü's eyes.

Here is his description of the Republic, not from the many first-print books I coincidentally discovered, abandoned to their fate on a friend's balcony, which he wrote using the pseudonym Ah Muhsin Ünlü, but from his poem that was handwritten on the window of a second-hand bookstore in Ankara:

May my heart work to ashes on Saturday

May the bicycle crash into masonic organizations

May I tremble, may I turn to brass knuckles, red

My lord, my daughter is going to school, long live the republic!

May you have a happy Republic Day, eve, Friday, with an elderly family member who knits, with a relative who still observes the quinces.


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