Those who never made history - YAŞAR TAŞKIN KOÇ

Those who never made history

Even if spoken softly, the hottest topic at the convention hall was who will remain in Cabinet and who will leave.

The Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) list was also viewed in this consideration. Since whether or not you join the MKYK or leave it has no direct connection to whether you are a minister, it only gave rise to speculations.

It was raining outside.

Those betting on who would be in Cabinet were struggling to guess about six to seven names.

In the end, the knot they were trying to untie using data such as likelihood, variation, gestures, recent statements, who is close with whom and who is not, became even more tangled.

When Binali Yıldırım, who received almost all the votes and became chairman of the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party), received the mandate from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at Beştepe Presidential Complex in capital Ankara, there was a final flutter in media lobbies.

Would the list of Cabinet be announced today?

Since Erdoğan was going to Istanbul for the EU Summit, they would perhaps do it earlier.

I do not know who was more curious, us journalists or the candidates, but when the new ruling party chairman, who was given the mandate to form the 65th government, started to make way toward his home at a late hour, we started to think we would have to wait until Tuesday to satisfy our curiosity.

Those who were waiting in offices in case of any further developments also got home in the dark while the weather in the capital had gotten rather chilly.

Perhaps that anticipated critical meeting would be held in Istanbul.

It has not happed as yet.

Apparently Erdoğan is going to return to Ankara, or he probably already has by now.

Possibilities, calculations and guesses are constantly changing places with one or the other.

And the weather is still overcast.

The awaited operation in Raqqa has only slightly commenced.

News bulletins are reporting that the bomb attacks in Yemen and Syrian city Jableh were conducted in response to this.

Everywhere is going up in smoke and of course being filled with blood.

Tens of thousands of soldiers and militia are gradually starting to go up against each other – one backed by planes, the other by missiles and rockets.

While Fallujah is becoming one of the regions which we will be hearing most about, similar to the early years of the invasion of Iraq, it is going into the pages of history once again.

It's May 24 today. According to history: On this date in 1040 the Seljuk Empire was established and in 1218 the city of Acre was taken by the Ayyubids in the Fifth Crusade. Also on this very day in 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first telegraphic message from the US Capitol building.

Mustafa Sagir was hanged in Ankara, because he was sent by the British to assassinate Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founding father of the Republic of Turkey. Indian national Sagir was the perfect man for an assassination.

The home address he provided for correspondence belonged to Turkey's national poet, Mehmet Akif Ersoy. When one day he saw that there were blank pages in the envelope Sagir received, Ersoy became suspicious and hence it was revealed that the letters were written in invisible ink.

Then followed his confession, leading to trial at the Independence Tribunal and execution by hanging at Ulus Square.

If we go back to 1989, we will remember that our agnates in Bulgaria had piled up at our border.

And only four years later we witnessed the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) ambush that martyred 33 unarmed soldiers by fusillading them.

In 2004, North Korea banned cellphones.

Making history, taking a place in history is not as easy as some might think.

Yet, whether it is always necessary, we know not.

For instance, the sparrows and cats that drink from the rain puddle on an overcast May 24 in Ankara do not go into history.

The boy who photographed them does not go into the pages of history either.

Just like the old man who, on one May 24 centuries ago, took off from Fallujah on camelback reciting poetry on his way to the desert, is also not mentioned in history. Just like almost none of the more than 1 million people who lost their lives to bombs and bullets in the last 25 years on these lands and mostly in Iraq and Syria, were also not mentioned in history. Just like we know nothing and can no longer know anything about what any of them felt, did or experienced on this earth as humans.

Soon, their identity cards and even archive records will cease to exist. There are a few hundred thousand people, whose social contributions, if any, will soon to be forgotten… just as we will cease to remember them, too, soon.


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