Freudian Confession

Garen Yegparian


Gotta love, Freud, Gul, and the PKK! These three have cooperated, albeit unwittingly, to elicit a telling comment reported on p.6 of October 20th’s LA Times in “Turkey forces push into Iraq after raids by Kurd militants”!

Abdullah Gul, declared, “These terrorist acts will be reciprocated.” So the president of that democratic-ideal-of-a-state Turkey is promising terrorist action. What a surprise! This confession is such a whopper that it doesn’t even merit the fig leaf/euphemism of calling it a Freudian slip.

The country that brought us genocide in the 20th century (of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, & Kurds), invasion and occupation of Cyprus, incursions into Iraq (and now possibly Syria), massive repression of its own population, and miscellaneous other human rights violations that would get any other entity labeled “terrorist”, is promising still more terrorism. Hardly newsworthy, but it is interesting in the current context.

Gul’s comment came on the heels of PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan- Kurdish Workers Party) attacks on Turkish military targets that killed two dozen soldiers. This might be understandable as a presidential reaction to being caught unprepared and losing some of your troops. But the question is why promise terrorism, under the false premise that the attackers are terrorists.

I write this despite the fact that Turkey, the EU, and the U.S. have all labeled the PKK as “terrorist”. But are they really? They are a group that is fighting for their people’s, nation’s, and homeland’s liberation against an occupying power (which is legal under the UN’s rules, as I recall).

What the labelers REALLY don’t like is that the PKK is struggling to change the established order, and resorting to military means because other, civil-democratic, means are unavailable to it. What more proof is needed than the recent invasion of Turkey’s primarily Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party’s headquarters by the authorities?

But, wait, isn’t deposing an unjust regime a legitimate end? Didn’t NATO just provide bombing cover to Libya’s rebels? Weren’t those rebels fighting the legally established regime in Libya, much as the PKK has done on and off for three decades? How come Libya’s rebels aren’t terrorists?

But the most delicious irony is that after initially hesitating, Turkey sided with Libya’s rebels! Such grand heights of hypocrisy might be hard to imagine except from the likes of Turkey and its current leaders who defended Somalia’s genocidal president Omer Al-Bashir (I suppose misery loves company so genocidal leaders have to stick together).

The next time someone starts to sing Turkey’s praises, remind them of these perversions of decency that are part of that country’s daily routine.


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  1. Ahmed said:

    Al Bashir is the president of Sudan NOT Somalia. Please check your facts before you start pointing fingers at anybody.

  2. Just as I see it... said:

    What will be next by this reporter?! “Freudian Confession: Why I Support the Al-Qaida and the Taliban?!” After all, they too claim to be: “…a group that is fighting for their people’s, nation’s, and homeland’s liberation against an occupying power (which is legal under the UN’s rules, as I recall)” The PKK is a highly destructive force that not only targets military, but also civilian folks as well! Perhaps the over 30,000 Turks killed by this “group that is fighting for their people’s,” isn’t enough for the writer of the above article!

    • Atilla said:

      Turkey must get out of Kurdistan and allow the 30 million or so Kurds to re-establish their homeland, in South east Anatolia where they have been for thousands of years long before the marauding masses from Outer Mongolia moved in. Turkish policy in any event is to give minorities a right to self rule – if you are not sure look at Cyprus where the illegally occupying Turks are insisting on a Turkish speaking population of about 10% (and decreasing by the day due to them emigrating) of the total island population have their separate state. Turkey needs to wake up and smell the Turkish coffee…

      • Just as I see it... said:

        @Atilla: I wouldn’t hold my breath, if I were you… I guess it is time now for you to realize that the “marauding masses from Outer Mongolia” are here to stay… 😉

        By the by, I think you will be smelling “…the Turkish coffee,” for a long time to come. Maybe if you tone down your “questionable” rhetoric, you may someday qualify for a visa to visit Northern Cyprus?! 😀

    • Just as I see it... said:

      Maybe if you asked the author of the above article, he could provide you with some links to various Al-Qaeda websites as well?! (You may want to consider that there is a very good reason why the PKK is considered to be a terrorist organization by all the civilized countries in the world!)

  3. E.T. said:

    What an interesting title – I thought you were going to confess of having improper feelings towards your parent or sibling. Please water down the bombastic language.