Diyarbakır turns its back on violence - YAŞAR TAŞKIN KOÇ

Diyarbakır turns its back on violence

Life is never simply black or white.

Life is intertwined with black, white and shades of grey.

Every person martyred during the operations against terrorism blackens life, while those who recover from their injuries whiten our lives. Despite terrorism continuing daily and darkening our souls with the misery it causes, our souls are lightened as we know it will end.

The Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) call for armed suicide in its imaginary capital city, Diyarbakır, hit the wall.

The people of Diyarbakır did something that brightened the day and cleared the uneasiness; they showed that they didn't support guns, attacks, terrorism. They did not give the HDP one-tenth of the support they gave during the elections.

The side the region's people support would determine the final outcome; Kurds stood against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the HDP.

Nothing could make us happier at this point, we couldn't thank the HDP enough for showing us this defeat.

We couldn't thank you enough for turning your backs on those who have been trying to build a wall between Turks and Kurds.

After this result, I assume that most of the criticism made of the reconciliation process (which is the recent trend) has fizzled. If people had not had the chance to experience peace for two years, this would not have been the result of the test of brotherhood.

The positive steps taken such as the Kurdish question, national solidarity and unification project, the reconciliation process which include law amendments, compensatory ways and behaviors, have changed the climate in the region. The people of the region have experienced peace, equality and brotherhood for two years during the reconciliation process.

The good things are never forgotten and leave marks.

Once the terrorist organization's resistance is broken, we will return to that peaceful climate.

There is no other way.

The only difference is that we will take precautions so we do not experience the same troubles again. These precautions are in relation with those who refuse to put down their arms, not the public.

The borders in Syria are roughly being determined, and as I have always said, the negative but artificial effects that situation exerts on our peace will gradually decrease. Therefore, history and conditions give us the opportunity to increase the number of whites in our life while turning the greys into white and thus giving us hope. This of course is bad news for those wishing for a coup.

The coup that they have been wishing and calling for is becoming more distant to them under these circumstances.

They will just be leaving shameful writings and implications to their children and grandchildren.

I do not know whether they would be shamed, though. The journalists and writers of the same mindset in the previous generation had also both called for every coup and applauded it, but of course instead of sending flowers to their grave, they are instead sending those unscrupulous pieces they wrote. The same thing will happen again.

The current discussion has once again showed us that greys, blacks and whites are nested within life. I am talking about the decision of the Turkish Supreme Court. I am not a legal expert; I do not have the expertise or the knowledge to measure the objections or the justifications.

But, I have an opinion as a human – not a journalist – on what level the discussions should be kept. Especially when you have unjustly and unnecessarily personalized it; and if I know the person who is attempted to be the subject of the discussion, then my opinion becomes stronger.

Zühtü Arslan and the court he chairs might make some decisions that we may recognize or not, that we may object to or accept. At the end of the day they are human too; they can make mistakes too, or make really good decisions.

I do not know the members, but I know Zühtü Arslan.

I haven't met him recently. I have known him since the days we consulted him as an expert, when preparing files during the February 28 issue with examples from legal history for a more democratic Turkey. Those who do not know him or have only recently heard about him should ask those who have known Arslan for a while, whether he makes mindful, legal and conscientious decisions.

I wonder if a single person would give a negative response to this question.


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