By Ahmet Hakan
According to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an enemy and so is the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kiliçdaroglu.
For them, leftists are not Muslims, neither are right wing supporters. The conservatives are not Muslim, so are the secular ones... The Alevis are no good, neither are the Sunnis ... The Turks are a target, so are the Kurds. Mehmet Görmez, the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), is an apostate, and, for instance, I am as well.
Since ISIL is not differentiating between us, then why should we divide and fragmentize ourselves against ISIL?
New Year’s In The Islamic World
Our closest friend Qatar celebrated the New Year’s with enthusiasm, fireworks and all. In Morocco, in ceremonies organized to greet New Year’s Day, no expense was spared. In Dubai, excitement was at its peak. Everywhere was illuminated in red. In Egypt, fireworks were set off and Al-Azhar did not say anything, nor protest the celebrations.
The nationalist group Alperen Hearths, those who think they have achieved something by holding a man dressed as Santa Claus at gunpoint to pose for a photo, why have they not even moved a finger against the dogs of hell, ISIL?
Those who fervently argue that Muslims do not celebrate Christmas, why don’t they, at least once, whisper that “Muslims do not commit murders; Muslims do not carry out massacres”?
Why, maybe after one Friday prayer, a demonstration is not being organized to protest these ISIL barbarians, who have shattered the honor of Islam?
Why doesn’t the entire country, together with its right wing, leftist, Atatürk supporter, nationalist, Islamist and all other segments, stand shoulder-to-shoulder against ISIL?
Same Old Statements After Each Attack
“Terror does not have a religion. All the possibilities are reviewed. We will never surrender to terror. No country is safe. Nobody should test Turkey’s patience,” these are the same old statements we hear after each attack.
We Should Learn To Say ‘None Of Your Business’
Mind your own business if you think celebrating New Year’s is not OK, if you consider this is against your beliefs, if you are against the celebrations. Well, then, just don’t celebrate it and that’s it. What is it with interfering in people’s celebrations? Mind your own business. What is it to you?
As if I have nothing else to do, should I explain to you what the difference between New Year’s and Christmas is? If I feel like it, I will celebrate the beginning of the New Year, if I am in the mood for it, I will celebrate Christmas and if I wish to I would not celebrate any of them. What is it to you?
Finally, Someone To Resign
It is impossible to say out loud that “the government should resign.” It is impossible to say out loud that the “cabinet minister should resign.”
You cannot say the director should resign either.
And finally a way out has been found in this cycle of non-resignation.
After the last massacre, we are all asking for the owner of Reina, Mehmet Koçarslan, to resign.
Oh, the indescribable taste of happiness to finally find someone to ask to resign...