DID HE OR DIDN’T HE?

“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
~ Will Rogers.

This sums up the Turkish media frenzy about whether or not Gül said the “K” word:

Photo and captions, Hürriyet.

Hürriyet itself is a contradiction. First:

President Abdullah Gül’s first official uttering of the word ’Kurdistan’ in relation to the regional administration in northern Iraq sends shockwaves through the opposition, which fears this could encourage calls for more concessions and reveals foreign meddling. The only party supporting Gül’s move is the DTP, saying it is a sign of willingness for closer ties.

Gül’s use of the word Kurdistan during his visit to Iraq has caused a flurry of criticism yesterday from the opposition back in Turkey.

Then:

Turkish President Abdullah Gul denied the earlier media reports that he used the term “Kurdistan regional government” while describing the semi-autonomous administration in northern Iraq. (UPDATED)

“In fact, I did not use that term (Kurdistan) but as I said this is a reality. The country who attaches the biggest importance to Iraq’s unity and integrity is Turkey. There is a regional Kurdish administration in the north of Iraq according to the Iraqi constitution. This is what I had said. I held a meeting with (the regional administration’s) prime minister,” Gul told reporters at a press conference in Ankara on Tuesday, the state-run Anatolian Agency reported. Gul returned to Ankara late on Tuesday after his two-day visit to Baghdad.

So typically presidential. “I did not have sex with that woman!” What a chickenshit piece of work Gül is.

A few months ago, comrades went from North Kurdistan to South Kurdistan to visit relatives. The report that came back from the South was that 85% of the population of South Kurdistan was seriously disappointed with the way things were going there. Well, now we can see what an accurate piece of intel this really was:

But as the rest of Iraq keeps growing more open and democratic, the enclave remains stuck in its old ways—and ordinary Kurds are noticing. Businessmen grumble at having to form partnerships with government cronies; voters are demanding more choice. One recent survey in the region found that 83 percent of respondents say the place needs to change. “We’re fed up with a government that forgets about people,” says Mousa Rasoul, 39, owner of a small business in the town of Sangasar. Those complaints are not to be ignored, a senior Kurdish official agrees. “If we don’t respond, others will come and take over this place,” he tells NEWSWEEK, asking not to be named on such a risky topic. “Whether it is the Islamists or someone else. We cannot count anymore on revolutionary rhetoric to justify our rule.”

And maybe that’s the real fear behind the summit that the two ruling clans of the South are pushing at the scheming of Turkey and the US . . . that someone else will come and take over the place. After all, Qendil isn’t all that far from either Silêmanî or Hewlêr.

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