ORHAN OIUZ – Lethal weapon: hatred

Lethal weapon: hatredIt is frequently suggested that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) resorts to psychological warfare methods with a view to extending its hold on power It amplifies tensions between social groups in an effort to reap power from social cleavages. The intention is to build upon the Alevi-Sunni, secular-religious, pro-AK Party-dissident polarizations to create widespread hostilities among social groups.

What President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan uttered about Berkin Elvan, a youngster who died during Gezi Park street skirmishes, confirms these shocking claims. Indeed, he said that Elvan was andquotnot a young boy who died after leaving home to buy bread,andquot but a andquotpawn in the hands of terrorist organizations.

andquotIt will be of no use to reopen old wounds and rekindle ancient hostilities. The AK Party politicians benefited greatly from this polarization strategy in previous elections.

They amplified tensions between diverse ideological groups to the greatest extent. They likened the recent elections to the andquotWar of Independence.

andquot They labeled their rivals andquottraitors.andquotThose who are curious about political history should already know how the ruling parties that seek to practice authoritarianism rush to create imaginary enemies.

The andquotparallel structureandquot folly proved to be a very useful argument for the conservativenationalist voters who, in the past, believed that Zionists were everywhere. They held this andquotparallel structureandquot was responsible for the military coup of May 27, 1960, as well as the acts of the Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK) which burned down schools and dormitories run by the Hizmet movement.

Fond of governing the country with omnibus bills, the AK Party management is now using this parallel structure omnibus to defend itself in the face of every blunder or failure.The international community has been accusing AK Party officials, including ErdoIan, of lending support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

But spin doctors who are plus royaliste que le roi went too far when they claimed andquotThe parallel structure supports ISIL.andquot By pointing to this parallel structure as being responsible for every evil thing, the AK Party intends to ensure that dissident individuals or groups are subject to physical or verbal attacks from the society.

This practice of inventing enemies at public rallies, in newspapers or on TV and injecting anger into the public does not bode well. This shouldnand#39t be what the ruling party meant by andquotrestoration.

andquotLooking at the bills recently introduced to alter the judicial system, we can say that the ruling party will not tolerate any criticism Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIlu accusing the main opposition Republican Peopleand#39s Party (CHP) and the Peoplesand#39 Democratic Party (HDP) of being andquotBaathistandquot is another sign that this repressive mentality will go unchanged.DavutoIlu has an academic identity and it wonand#39t do him any good to imitate ErdoIanand#39s style.

Turkey needs consensual and peaceful rhetoric. Efforts to manipulate society with ideological reflexes and accumulated anger may lead to unexpected damage.

If you continue to use a dead young boy to fuel political polemics, you will turn into a state apparatus that is devoid of all human sensitivities. Political parties survive as long as they continue to embrace all walks of life in the society.

If you opt for being deceived by the media outlets, you control and submissive businessmen and believe that these perception operations will continue forever, then you will lose in the end. The strategy of boosting anger and hatred and the divide-and-rule policy may give you temporary victories, but will eventually add fuel to the black hole that will swallow all of us.

The AK Party wants to start fires that are sociologically small with the intention of destroying its enemies and carving out new territory for itself. Anger is an emotion that must be controlled.

You may believe you derive power with policies of controlled rage and hatred. But anger is a lethal weapon that can backfire and destroy its possessor The AK Party must stop using this alluring, but lethal, weapon.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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