Deadly Turkish Nationalism

As two peas in a pod?

A bald monkey – Kemal Attatürk

Folks, I am going to be serious with you. This, what you see above, is a crime. Well, in dictatorships that is. In the free, democratic world this is something very common in our newspapers or on our TVshows. But people outside the northwestern hemisphere do not seem to understand how some people can criticize, or even worse, mock political and religious leaders and gurus. I refuse to believe that no one except white people descending or living in the European area can understand the significance of democracy and the meaning of freedom of speech. The reason why I show the founder of modern Turkey, Attatürk, and a monkey, is because a guy has been prosecuted in Turkey committing the horrible crime of portraying Attatürk as a monkey on YouTube. I don’t know what his penalty was, but it really doesn’t matter – it could be death penalty or it could be some spanking on the butt, the most serious thing is that the Turkish courts actually bring him to “justice”. It’s insanity! Everyone with the slightest ounce of sense still left should protest about this. I also heard it stated that Orhan Pamuk will be trailed again for, as it says, charges against “insulting the Turkishness”. The trial of Orhan Pamuk will show the world which direction Turkish justice is heading. The right signal would be prompt acquittal and a strong statement from the EU. If you go through with these highly barbaric treatments of your citizens and fail to give the Kurdish minority their rights they do deserve, you can 1. take your EU membership application 2. bend over and 3. shove it up your ass .. all the way up!

I have a friend who’s Kurdish and I remember that we talked about freedom of speech and democracy and so on during the Danish Caricature crisis (she’s a Muslim). I remember she told me about relatives who refused to buy Danish products from now on and that they were so angry with the Danes that they dared to insult their beloved Prophet. What I can’t understand is that some people never learn. You run for your life from a muddy sandpit because the country is a dictatorship and when you’re safe you still haven’t learned a thing. Why can’t these people see the connection? Either way we have it as we have it in Turkey, with people being sentenced to the Dungeons because of their faith or their opinion, or we have an open democratic society were we KNOW we can feel insulted at times (I get insulted at times, e.g. when I see a feminist with hairy armpits). But we respect their opinion and after that we can do it our way! That is the only sane solution! There are no junctions or forks … it is exactly how George W. Bush stated it during one of my most favorite speeches: “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists!”.

Another clever man was Frank Zappa. He said this:

“Protecting people by limiting freedom of speech is like curing headaches with decapitations.”

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3 Responses to Deadly Turkish Nationalism

  1. Bill says:

    Sorry, but I do see the resemblance.

    You can protest all you want, but when a people are not ready for the freedoms they deserved, they will continue to be oppressed.

  2. tegis says:

    But I believe in mankind and that all people are “ready”. Systems make them unready, but in the mind they are ready because they are humans.
    Therefore I am not a culture relativist, I believe that this has more to do with objectivity. Everyone wants to embrace freedom and develop, but religion, socialism, and the welfare state and other collectivist movements makes their brain soft like jelly.

    You kick downwards, on the individual, I kick upwards, on the system.

  3. Bill says:

    Sorry, we disagree here. History has shown that people when given the opportunity to grasp freedom eventually turn it away for another dictator.

    These collectivist movemements you mention are, in my opinion, a tribal mentality that we have carried forth from our ancestors. It is nice to have someone take care of you. “Oh, the oppression, it’s really not that bad especially with what my leadership gives me in return.” Because you are human does not make you ready for anything. It is the desire to want to make your own choices and live with the consequences that creates the readiness for freedom. Are you willing to sacrifise you life in order to be free? Many African slaves in America felt the need and yet they were enslaved. May the memory of the underground railroad live on.

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