Master of tact and perception

All through my university years and beyond, I had to read social science literature that was predicated on the debate between Marx(ism) and other theories. I found it quite constipating. Now there is a similar trend in Turkish politics and the media. Most of the things said and written are either in support of or against the president — representing the Justice and Development Party (AKP) bloc and the and”others.and” This contentious aura debilitates creative thinking and analysis of a sundry of other matters.
However, the and”othersand” are only a name and not a reality in the post-election period. The opposition that nominally won the elections as a 60 percent bloc against the 40 percent received by the AKP has neither unity nor a common agenda to act on. This situation has been expediently exploited by the AKP leadership. It is no secret that both the president and the AKP are not happy with the election results. They have to share power with at least one other party. All of the opposition parties got what votes they received from electors due to the promise of holding the 13 year-AKP government responsible for wide-scale graft and corruption. They have to do so to be able to answer to their voters. But it will be impossible to do so in a probable coalition government. Given that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has refused to cooperate with the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP), the 60 percent anti-AKP bloc has been rendered dysfunctional. That is the outcome of nationalism in a multi-ethnic country, described as and”being proud of imaginary things that have not been done and hating people who are unknown.and” The lame-duck AKP government that has resigned but not been replaced by a new one has shrewdly used the internal divisions within the 60 percent bloc. It got the parliament speaker elected from within the ranks of the AKP while other procedural matters have been solved to the aantage of the party. Managing the post-election period successfully by holding on to the government has repaired the feeling of defeat among the AKP rank and file. This revival was revealed by a confidential communiquandeacute sent from the party headquarters to local chapters. It said psychological superiority has been regained by staying in power. But the main emphasis of the communiquandeacute was to prepare for an early general election. If a convenient coalition government is not formed, the AKP will call for an early election basing its strategy on the hypocrisy of the HDP. The fact that the Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) — the armed organization behind the HDP — has stepped up its terroristic acts following the announcement by the government that the and”peace process is deadand” will be conveniently used. The reluctance of the HDP to condemn the PKK is its weak spot, and the AKP government is intent on turning it into a bleeding wound and regaining the votes of conservative Kurds who abhor violence. Another factor that the AKP will emphasize in an early election is the growing atmosphere of fear and anxiety threatening the country by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the PKK at the same time. To drive the point home, the government has appealed to NATO to initiate Article 4 of the organizationand’s charter that requires setting off the NATO collective defense system in favor of a member country. It seems that the government has determined that the country is under great danger emanating from the Middle East. This is quite surprising because the two non-state actors said to be threatening Turkey were not in this position up until recently.
The PKK was a party to political negotiations to end the decades-long Kurdish conflict. The party that aired Kurdish demands succeeded in getting 80 representatives elected to Parliament, making it easier to conclude the disagreement in a peaceful way. ISIL was not a primary rival or threat a year ago. In fact it was a whip to tame the unruly Kurds in Syria aiming to establish an autonomous administration under PKK control. No doubt this ruthless organization obtained some of the arms sent by Turkey to the Syrian opposition when most of them changed sides and joined ISIL.
Today this organization and the PKK are presented to the world as grave threats. France and Belgium duly vetoed Turkeyand’s appeal to NATO, triggering an internal crisis. Some observers in Turkey see the matter as a good pretext to suppress the Kurdish movement and clear Turkey of the negative image of being too lenient against ISIL and drifting away from the Western alliance. No matter how much you dislike the AKP, its resourcefulness in tact and perception manipulation is admirable. You have to grant it that much!