EKREM – Beware! You may lose even if you win

Beware! You may lose even if you winI write this article as I wait for the outcome of the elections. I could certainly wait for several hours in order to write a proper article.

Indeed, many columnists take this path for obvious reasons. However, any effort to make certain inferences about fairness or justice based on election results tends to be misleading in a country where democracy and rule of law are not fully established.

If there are huge problems ahead, you have to talk about them regardless of the election results.Of course, who wins the election is important, but what the winner will and should do is more important.

Indeed, Turkey’s domestic peace and its prestige abroad have been stripped due to misguided policies in recent years. It is restless at home because the ruling party has been using polarizing and antagonizing hate speech towards anyone who does not support it, and this scandalous rhetoric has made the entire country more and more tense.

Liberals, democrats, leftists, rightists, religious people, Alevis, Kurds, religious communities, societies, associations The government is using public resources to hurl insults at anyone who does not approve of government policy, thereby antagonizing dissidents and sowing the seeds of mutual hatred.Some former presidents, too, were not loved or approved of by certain social segments, but society has never been so fragmented and divided.

What a pity! It is utterly shameful! His supporters show insane and blind support for Recep Tayyip ErdoIan and they don’t see any of his mistakes — and they even bless those mistakes — but they are actually doing him harm The greatest danger to a leader is the presence of sycophants, instead of fair-minded people, in his close circles Those who hate him ignore even his behavior as prime minister and they even don’t care about his good policies. If such a prime minister is elected president, what will Turkey gain? A big nothing.

If ErdoIan becomes president and maintains the same scandalously polarizing rhetoric, this country will be divided and disintegrated both mentally and physically. Spin doctors and blind government supporters may not be aware of this, but there is a tremendous buildup of tension across all social segments.

This polarization may help you win at the polls, but it will certainly make the country lose.The first thing to do, regardless of who is elected president, is obvious: Reassert the equality of all individuals (irrespective of religions, sects, ethnic identities, political affiliations or opinions) and embrace everyone.

The presidency should be a source of unity, not a factor of disintegration. As president, no one can nurture political ambitions, mastermind plots against certain social groups, antagonize those groups or violate the Constitution.

Whoever is elected president cannot stay there long if he fails to embrace everyone.Turkey’s international prestige is declining dramatically.

Who can challenge this claim? US President Barack Obama is not answering phone calls from Prime Minister ErdoIan. There are obvious reasons for this.

The European Union used to applaud all of Turkey’s moves towards democratization in the past, but it is now sending signals that our country has moved toward unlawfulness and anti-democratic tendencies. Our Syria policy has gone awry.

Turkey’s foreign policy falsely assumed that Bashar al-Assad would be overthrown in a few weeks, but he has survived for five years, clinching victory in his “elections.” Moreover, he has managed to make alliances with Russia and Iran and therefore can challenge the world and foment chaos in Turkey.

Turkey’s foreign policy regarding Egypt was another fiasco. Although it continually encouraged Mohammed Morsi, the Turkish government could do nothing to help him Moreover, all of Turkey’s ties with Egypt were severed and Turkey was thus isolated.

Moreover, the coup general, Abdul Fatah el-Sisi, won a great “election” victory. Our politicians never stopped delivering harangues about Palestine and Gaza, when they were supposed to stop talking and actually do something to truly mitigate the tragedy of the Palestinians.

Our consulate in Mosul was occupied, and no news of the 49 diplomats there was obtained for 62 days. This is a perfect diplomatic scandal, and no one has been held accountable for it.

The country’s system is out of sync and its prestige is waning both inside and outside of the country. The presidential election may provide an opportunity for us to purify and come to our senses, but only if we can understand the gravity of the situation.

In a country where the rule of law is undermined, arbitrary rule is mistaken for democracy and society is consistently polarized, you are doomed to lose. You will lose even if you win.

There is only one way to escape this tragic fate: Abandon oppressive policies, return to fairness and justice, dispense with arrogance and oppression and acknowledge that everyone is equal in this country.Judges, prosecutors, militantsWhat did a prosecutor tell journalist Fatih AltaylI? He said they could round up 500,000 people just like in the coup of Sept.

12, 1980. The state could do so if it wanted.

Is the person who made this remark still serving as a prosecutor? If he is, is the place where he works still called a “courthouse”? No judge or prosecutor who loves his job can take the practices of the Sept. 12 coup as a model.

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) is asleep, I guess. This prosecutor even made political comments.

He talked about an “organization” and its “links with foreign countries” without any concrete evidence. Is he a man of the law or a politician? Look at his so-called analysis: The Community’s grassroots base is innocent and well-meaning while its senior executives are not.

Then why is he planning to round up half a million people? This approach is not legal, it is political. Therefore, those who engage in such talk must immediately resign from office and join the political party they support before they are accused of being “militants.

” If a prosecutor or judge gives the impression of acting “militantly,” it will undermine public trust in the judiciary.The prosecutor’s “brainstorming” session with AltaylI came as no surprise to me, as similar unlawful approaches are very common these days.

For instance, politicians tasked a prosecutor with “finishing off the Community,” and he was told to be “ruthless” in this quest. The man accepted this task, albeit unwillingly, and promised to persecute his former friends.

Another prosecutor attempted to bring a counter legal action against us, the plaintiffs, and he tried to bring charges of forming a criminal gang against five authors who filed the complaint. If filing a petition is a crime, and if the prosecutor and police officers who accepted that petition committed a crime, this should apply to everyone.

When talking to a person who was delivering testimony, a prosecutor criticized the public appearance of female students during the International Turkish Olympiads in a show of purported religiosity. One is compelled to ask, “If you are so sensitive about religious values, why don’t you criticize the nudity in the publications of the newspapers and TV channels run by the prime minister’s son-in-law?” Law-abiding people assume that such things are not discussed in the rooms of prosecutors.

But prosecutors are very chatty in this regard. If a prosecutor criticizes the Community on religious grounds, and if someone sees that prosecutor smoking cigarettes during the holy month of Ramadan, what can he say about that prosecutor? If a prosecutor mistreats our lawyer and stirs up trouble, saying, “Go to hell,” in the corridors of the courthouse, can you say that he is a real prosecutor? This is my message to the HSYK: You may not care about the struggles people are going through, but aren’t you aware that your professional prestige is eroding?There are also other incidents that became public, such as the “Run, Ismail, run” scandal.

As a police officer was being interrogated by a prosecutor, an unidentified man walked into the prosecutor’s office and urged him to slander the police officer When the prosecutor refused, he became very angry. How can a prosecutor allow such a thing?Every profession can tolerate some militancy, but the law will never allow it.

It is a nice coincidence that many people from Yozgat are aware of the dubious practices within the judiciary. Parliament Speaker Cemil iek, Justice Minister Bekir BozdaI and Constitutional Court President HaIim KIlI are all legal professionals.

Should we remind these people that Selim BaIol, the judge in the YassIada coup case, was also from Yozgat? You should listen to the warnings made by Taha Akyol, a good scholar and legal professional. Akyol, your fellow townsman, gave warnings about the emergence of BaIol-like figures.

BaIol is a disgrace not only for Yozgat, a city that is referred to as a bastion of heroic people, but also for the entire country, as he opted to act like a militant, saying, “The power that jailed you wants it this way.” Mr BozdaI should have a look at the legal scandals in our past.

I don’t want him to be remembered next to BaIol. Who would want this?New media orderThe prime minister has made a habit of recklessly hurling threats at media groups or individual journalists at public rallies.

Unfortunately, his threats tend to be effective. In the past, he issued similar threats to AydIn DoIan, ErdoIan Demirren and Turgay Ciner Turkey has been going through a time in which newspaper executives are dismissed from their jobs or forced to comply with instructions they receive over the phone from senior government officials.

Those who refuse to comply are threatened with tax audits. Of course, these acts are crimes.

They are in violation not only of press freedom but also of the rule of law.During a public rally last week, ErdoIan threatened AydIn DoIan once again, and eventually, the editor-in-chief of the Hurriyet daily, Enis BerberoIlu, had to resign from his position.

These threats will be a nightmare for the person who will replace him Are the groups who have surrendered to the prime minister happy? Of course the answer is no. Those who surrendered face continuous persecution.

Last week, the prime minister uttered harsh remarks about Amberin Zaman, a correspondent for The Economist. These remarks are a shameful blemish on Turkey’s image around the world.

But those who are intoxicated with power don’t care. In another shameful event, journalist Mehmet Baransu was taken into custody.

Freedom House has demoted Turkey’s status in terms of press freedom, labeling the country “not free.” Isn’t that accurate? If you build pro-government media outlets with funding from pro-government businessmen, and if you try to strangle dissenting media groups, you will eventually end up as a disgrace to the country.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman