It is now evident that decisions were made to ignite hatred, to spill blood and intensify tension as election day approaches. The recent assaults and casualties should not be viewed as some sort of coincidence.
It is not understandable or reasonable that military operations are carried out and that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) assaults keep going on, while PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan previously declared his contact with state figures fruitful and that the cease-fire will remain in effect until June 15. In his column in Today’s Zaman and Taraf where he analyzed the operation claiming the lives of 12 PKK militants in Şırnak’s Uludere district and the PKK assault targeting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Kastamonu, Emre Uslu gave some valuable tips.
Uslu says some of the PKK militants killed during the operation were in Iraq. If this was an infiltration attempt, it is not normal that there is no single casualty within the army, whereas 12 militants were killed. Besides, the commander supervising the Uludere operation is Gen. Mustafa Bakıcı, who allegedly contributed to the drafting of a plot to overthrow the AK Party and discredit a religious community led by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen called the Action Plan to Fight Reactionaryism. Bakıcı is also important in another respect that Uslu did not mention. The second Ergenekon indictment notes lieutenants Mehmet Ali Çelebi and Noyan Çalıkuşu, who arguably played active roles in the Karargah Evleri (Command Center Houses) clandestine structure, say Bakıcı paid a visit to Neriman Aydın and Kemal Aydın in custody in connection with the Ergenekon investigation and that they implied the chief of General Staff had no reservations about this visit. The reports also indicate that Bakıcı, during the visit to Neriman Aydın, provided details on what tactics the lieutenants should employ during the detention.
Now reports indicate that PKK militants carrying out the Kastamonu assault are moving westward to ambush roads near Bolu and Karabük. The security forces held bold operations in the regions, but with no significant results. I cannot help thinking that a group able to freely move back and forth in the western part of the country is under some sort of protection. While all this is happening in the “field,” the developments on the political front complete the picture. The tape scandal of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the subsequent developments mean that a plot is being staged. MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli slanders Fethullah Gülen, arguing that he is involved in the tape conspiracy. In an attempt to clean up his slandering, he calls on Gülen to return to Turkey. This is not really something we can understand or properly comment on.
In his speech in which he stepped down from office, Deniz Baykal, former Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, thanked Gülen and reminded his supporters of his non-involvement in the conspiracy. This also meant that Baykal was aware of the conspirators. He probably knew that the plot was staged by a small group within the CHP with a possible connection with the Ergenekon organization.
But Bahçeli fails to show the same forethought. He also failed to act clairvoyantly when he nominated an Ergenekon suspect and a person implicated in the Ergenekon indictment for attempting to seize control of the MHP as a deputy in the parliamentary elections.Consider former President Süleyman Demirel, who secured the nomination of 15 disputed figures in the CHP lists including Ergenekon suspect Mehmet Haberal, the recent tape scandal in the MHP and the escalating violence before the election; they all seem part of a plan.
A plan to eliminate the AKP and Gülen
It is impossible not to notice that the leaders of the CHP and the MHP have no initiative or power to act alone and independently. A superficial look at these parties will give a basic idea on how they were designed. The plan seeks to take these parties to power by provoking the Kurdish issue and spilling blood. In the event they succeed, the MHP may fall below the election threshold, and the CHP will get the support of an additional 5 percent of votes. Besides, the supporters of the MHP may take to the streets in protest of the election loss and cause instability. The plan is based on this idea.
In case the MHP fails to win any seats in Parliament, obviously the CHP will get the greatest benefit out of it. However, this evil plan fails to appreciate that the MHP support base is not the same as in the 1970s and that the traditional MHP voters do not intend to take to the streets; the drafters of this plan also fail to see that the making of a new constitution and proceeding with the Kurdish opening will be a lot easier in a Parliament without an MHP presence.
Thank God that an evil mind has such a deficiency as lacking wisdom.
Published on Today's Zaman, 18 May 2011, Wednesday