The criteria for ‘mourning’

The criteria for ‘mourning’Excuse me, but I am having a hard time understanding the criteria for declaring national mourning. The Soma district [of Manisa] saw a massacre [that claimed the lives of 301 miners on May 13] because of a greedy [mine] company, which works its employees in a slave type system Turkey then declared a three-day period of national mourning, with that day counting as the first day.

This had a point. Because an incident that requires declaration of a national mourning should be a unique one in the history of a country.

It expresses the shared sorrow suffered by every group within the society. It never stinks of politics.

Israel’s attack on Gaza [which was launched on July 7] is not the first one, and it won’t be the last one. National mourning cannot be used for expressing rage and hostility.

And not just for condemning persecution carried out by another country. If it was a means of doing such, then aren’t we sad about the thousands executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or about ISIL driving thousands of Turkmens away from their homeland in Iraq? (YAVUZ SEMERCI, HABERTuRK.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman