Everything that we know about the Turkish politics started to turn up side down. The pro-Islamic ruling party AKP started to stand strong side by side with their arch-rivals: The Army. Moreover, the main opposition party CHP and the nationalist party MHP –the admirers of the strong Turkish military- went so far as to accuse the chief of the general staff Yasar Buyukanit with being a coward.
It was a matter of time. On Thursday, Turkish ground troops started to cross the Iraqi border and they initiated a mass offensive against the Kurdish militia group PKK. In October, the parliament gave the go ahead to the army for “necessary” military operations in Northern Iraq. Then we started to hear and see news about several air strikes but now things are getting serious.
It’s been a while that I couldn’t write anything but since the whole headscarf issue got “out of control” in Turkey, I feel like I need to say something about it. I still remember that moment: Merve Kavakci -a newly elected parliamentary from the Virtue Party the predecessor of the ruling AKP- welcomed with boos when she tried to make her debut with her headscarf in the Turkish National Assembly.
Recently Turkey found itself in yet another peculiar discussion. People started to ask a weird question: “Can Turkey turn in to another Malaysia?” Everything started with the ex-Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke’s comments about Turkey. A month ago, he described Turkey as the "Second moderate Islamist country after Malaysia”. That was enough to start a frenzy in Turkey.
It’s that simple, Abdullah Gul is the new president of Turkey and this time, the army just couldn’t do anything. Now this is a good sign of modernization and Europeanization if you want to call it in that way. Is he a nice guy or can he represent the country as a leader (well almost a symbolic one but a leader after all)? I doubt it.