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12 October 2006

October 12 2006: Turkey's Triumph and Tragedy

Orhan Pamuk wins the Nobel Prize for Literature, and France passes their coveted armenian genocide bill...
For Armenians, both events are victories. It is Pamuk who spoke openly about genocide, resulting in a court battle for his freedom. For Armenians, he is considered to be one of the "good Turks", I'm sure.
For many Turks, Pamuk is loathed as a treasonous sell-out. Someone even went to the trouble of writing a scathing poem about him. I am a little more tolerant, a little less militant than that, so no, Pamuk is not on my shit-list.. But..
French lawmakers don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. Their actions are akin to an employer who is fearful of firing an undesirable employee, and instead chooses to make life as miserable as possible for them, in the hopes that they'll just quit.
Will Turkey quit? Or will Turkey be fired? One of these outcomes seems inevitable.
As I said to my friend Metin recently, it's like a G-d damned hazing at a fraternity that they're putting Turkey through. What's next? Fear Factor? No EU unless Erdogan drinks a blended mix of goat testicles and eats 12 boiled horse rectums??
This endeavor has been nothing but give-give-give on the part of Turkey. Will we reap some just reward for all that we've sown?
Remember an episode of The Simpsons where Marge is invited to join an elite country club? She can only afford one nice dress, and to avoid notice of this, she astutely re-tailors and modifies the outfit each night using her sewing machine, trying to make it appear different to her new rich friends.. trying to make herself appear different.. trying to pass herself off as something she is not.. In the end, she comes to her senses.
Perhaps one day we will conclude that the French did us a favor. After all, "Zararin neresinden donsen kardir."

Here Erkan gives us the POV which might now prevail in Turkey.


metin said...

The same day as France passes legislation to make it a crime to deny the existence of the Armenian genocide.

Actually all of this shows Turkey is moving toward progress, and the French (of all people) are going backwards.

Regardless of genocide claims and by whom, it's the freedom of expression that's being curbed here.

The same rights afforded to Armenians to claim genocide are being taken away from those who would deny such a thing.

In the end, the French (and the Armenians) will be hurt by this action. My advice to the Armenians would be to stay away from the French similar to Republican candidates staying away from Bush on the campaign trail.

Oh, by the way, congrats Mr. Pamuk. I embrace your Turkish-ness.

Anonymous said...

I think we can all agree that restricting freedom on expression is a no-win proposition. Whether its Armenian genocide denial, Holocaust denial or denigration of "Turkishness." In the end, it's counterproductive. Shame on France and Turkey.

Burak said...

It's just very bad that the two events (approval of legislation + award) happened at the same time. It's very saddening to see the public abhorring pamuk, as though he passed the legislation in France himself. Pamuk is simply the target of a national discharge of frustration.