Preet Bharara: The Fear of Millions

Here I wrote that Bharara is a hope for millions of Turks today, simply because our own government have committed unlawful acts and labelled us as terrorists in return. The lack of shame, honor and ethics is usual for us in Turkey, but we never witnessed such amounts of these so we are enraged against our government. This time I want to write about the other side of the case, which worries, for now, some of us, but will, soon, all of us including the favored citizens.

According to Socrates, the worst government is preferable to no government and the worst laws are preferable to anarchy. This was, at least according to Crito and the Apology, the reason that even though he considered the verdict wrong, he did not hesitate to obey the law. Hobbes, following Socrates, argued that even if the sword of the sovereign is unlawful, as long as security is provided, we should obey it. Okumaya Devam Edin

Preet Bharara: The Hope of Millions

Just couple of days ago, the name Bharara was not known in Turkey. He had some 8K followers on Twitter and would not imagine it multiplied with two-score, even more. Today, he is the hope of many millions in Turkey. A comment about him at one of Turkey’s most visited websites, for example, says that “I swear that I want to hug him and tell him a lot of things while crying. We are so depressed, don’t upset us”. It went to the level that his 34th tweet is a response to a Turkish citizen, who asked if he wanted anything from Turkey, saying “I love shish kebab but I do not think I can accept gifts just for doing my job”.

What is this sudden display of love through him?

The answer is found in the recent history, namely 17-25 December 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey. Celal Kara, a public prosecutor, started an operation in which all the suspects were members of the government, especially Erdogan, their family members, including Erdogan’s both sons, and high officials as well as businessmen, including Reza Zarrab. Also we learned about the name Babak Zanjani, who is to be hanged because of the same accusations, in Iran. The accusations were bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering and gold smuggling. Okumaya Devam Edin

Corruption Scandal, Sultan-Like Presidency and Erdogan’s Changing Approach to Terror and Terrorism

What is Erdogan trying to do?

Being stuck in many problems, from economy to international relations, Erdogan, today, is asking for more and more authoritarian rights for himself, just like any other example in history who are about to fall but are willing to take down the country with themselves. There are three sentences from him which, considered together, will give a hint about what is in the back of his mind and prove this argument.

On 14 March, he said “we should redefine terror and terrorism and put [this new definition] into criminal code. Those that support terrorists are released at the courts”. The same day, he also said “in our country, and the world, we are at a crossroads. They will be either with us or with the terrorists. There is no midpoint in this. We consider siding with the terrorists when they make comments that start with ‘but”. The keywords here are redefinition of terror and siding with either him or terror.

On 16 March, he said “saying ‘Erdogan should go’ means let the society, flag, homeland, the understanding of one state fall on which we have built our politics, our work. The problem is not about me. I am 62 years old and I will serve as long as Allah gives me life to live”. The keywords here are fall, and serving for life. Okumaya Devam Edin