Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Justice or Insulting Kerincsizness? By Sean.

Our dear friend, Sean, post often about Turkey. Last night he send me an email with the link of his last post. Besides the fact that he is a great guy, interested in Turkey and its worries, he has, like many of Internation writers, some critical notes about Turkey. Hopefully this will make Turkey stronger. Below his post and link to his blog.

Smiling like a Cheshire cat from one ear to the other, today Tetrapilotomos asked me to read the following: Turkish police arrested 33 persons who were actively involved in ultranationalist activities. Some of them are quite high profile. Retired general Veli Küçük, who has been in the news since the Susurluk case, some mafia leaders, the notarious lawyer Mr. Kerincsiz, Aksam columnist Güler Kömürcü, Sevgi Erenerol, spokeswoman for the Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate - one opposed to the Fener Greek Patriarchate- are among the arrested ones...

I did and said: Interesting. And what's the amusing part about?

Spake Tetrapilotomos:

"I cannot remember that - and if so when - it happened in past decades that by reading a news I thought I were dreaming.Therefore, I have been visiting this entry of Erkan's blog, at least twice every day, since.
Not that I wouldn't rely on Erkan who is the best journalistic source one can find in Turkey; no, it's just that I was anxious the good news could emerge as one of my daydreams, that I had become victim of my wishful thinking. Now, after seven days I have decided to believe my eyes.

The infamous Kemal Kerinçsiz arrested. What a pleasure, what a delight! Once again, filled with joy my heart is rising like a falcon up to the sky!
The neurotic who would fill complaints against dozens of Turkish journalists and authors inculpating them of insulting Turkishness, the pettifogging moron who'd sue the moon if only he could, whenever this planet's celestial neighbour dares to not appear exactly in the shape as is determinated in the Turkish flag, facing a trial himself!

Ah, I wish him good health so that he may be able to enjoy the rest of his life behind bars.

Aside from that I remember that once you wished him to lose all his teeth except one for permanent toothache, as an admirer of Mr Kerinçsiz you will be aware of that the honourable gentleman heads the Büyük Hukukçular Birliği (Great Union of Jurists), which is responsible for most article 301-trials.
One if not all of his approximately 700 dear colleagues and brothers in mind will do their best to turn the table and file a complaint against the prosecutors for insulting Kerinçsizness.

By the way, my dear Tetrapilotomos, I do start to understand why you would never write what you are thinking."
Continue reading.

Is God a Turk...

A couple of weeks ago, a Turkish professor, Ahmet Arslan, claimed that the Belgium people are of Turkish descent. I shall not write here how the Belgium press reacted, if they reacted since this claim was too absurd to believe.
Also, in the past, some Turkish scholars claimed that Hungarian and Finnish people were of Turkish origin. Based upon similarities in their languages.
Its time that they are going to discover Noam Chomsky, the world famous American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can not claim someones heritage on coincidence of similarities in languages!

Now there are claims that the native Americans are of Turkish descent.
I really don't understand this usurpationistic way of thinking. Who is next?

I will label this entry as 'fun stuff': obvious or not?

Day Opening - January 30

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.