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.