Where will Buyukanit debate lead?

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    Mete Belovacikli

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    Ankara has been discussing the indictment of the Land Forces commander for the past couple of days.

    Has anyone seen the indictment? We don't know �

    There were some excerpts from the indictment in a newspaper. Have the suspect's lawyers seen the indictment? That, too, is unknown �

    It's claimed that they've seen it and were invited to the Gendarmerie Headquarters for a briefing.

    Ankara focused on first the meeting of military commanders and then on the visit by the chief of staff to the prime minister.

    Naturally, it stirred Ankara circles too.

    Following the meeting of the commanders, Ankara circles indulged in much speculation and rumor relating to many issues ranging from the history of the Van Public Prosecutor's Office to Buyukanit's opinions.

    Amid these rumors, some facts were ignored, as always. It has been clear since yesterday that the government doesn't want to be party to this debate. However, statements by Justice and Development (AK) Party deputies automatically make them party of the debate as some of them have said, "The prosecutor has done what we could not," and "Buyukanit has become the victim of his own careless statements." These comments have the potential to bring the armed forces and the AK Party to odds.

    What can Turkey gain from focusing on a settling of accounts at home instead of discussing crucial matters such as Iraq's future and relations with Iran?

    It could be speculated that this debate was triggered with the aim to have a say in some very important developments in the region.

    On the other hand, it's hard to understand the logic of a country that expects a surge in terrorist activities after March 21 and which closely follows in the developments in northern Iraq, putting its domestic and foreign security units in a totally different debate.

    However, there are some points which should be underlined.

    First of all, this debate isn't wearing down Gen. Buyukanit, but instead strengthening him.

    Secondly, the government is smack dab in the middle of this debate, their claims to the contrary notwithstanding.

    Thirdly, we should closely follow the future of the deputies who are members of the parliamentary commission set up to probe the Semdinli incidents and the bureaucrats who carried out the probe. One cannot help but wonder who will be promoted and who will be assigned to what duty.

    Fourthly, this event will also reveal whether there's an inner conflict or difference of opinion within the armed forces.

    Fifthly, Ankara should stop trying to fight speculations that there's an ongoing clash between the armed forces and the government, since things have escalated to the point that nothing will ever be the same.

    That is to say, this power struggle cannot be kept secret anymore. This debate should finally end.

    Lastly, all these debates will not make people forget issues such as the corruption allegations against Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan. The primary priority for the AK Party is corruption since you cannot erase issues such as corruption that are discussed daily by the public with issues such as the Semdinli probe.

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    Character assasination


    TDN editorial by Yusuf KANLI


    It is a known fact for everyone that in less than five months time, unless something extraordinary happens or the government decides to extend the tenure of current Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Özkök, Land Forces Commander Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt will become the next top commander of this country.

    It's also known that there is a difference in the approaches of Gen. Özkök and Gen. Büyükanıt toward developments and their style of leadership. However, it is as well a known fact that whatever the name of the top commander of the country might be, there is a common voice of the military, though, as they say: “Every brave men has his style of eating yoghurt.”

    That is, if anyone is expecting that the approach of the Turkish military to developments in the country and abroad or its relations with the government will change in a marked manner just because the top commander of the country changes, they are grossly mistaken. There will naturally be nuances in leadership style, but more or less everything will be just like it is.

    Özkök is as Kemalist as Büyükanıt, or vice versa. They are equally sensitive on the secularist democratic republican order of the country. Both are dedicated to Turkey's European vocation. Fine, Özkök is one of those “it's not my business to talk” type generals and Büyükanıt is more talkative. Or, to put it another way, while Özkök is very careful to maintain a distance with the press, as well as from getting involved in daily discussions in the country, Büyükanıt has very good relations with journalists, his views are far better known than any other current top commanders of the country and has so far not engaged in any effort to hide his opinions regarding topical subjects in the country.

    Then, why is it that for some time there has been a systematic character assassination campaign going on against Büyükanıt?

    First, we started receiving emails from “conservative” and “Islamist” circles claiming that the next top commander of the country is a convert, a Sabetaist.* Why bother in this day and age with the ethnic or religious background of people? According to radical Islamists, Sabetaists are “enemies” who are arch Kemalists and they know that under the secular republic they enjoy full freedoms and are integrated completely into Turkish society.

    While in today's Turkey, unlike in the past, for the intellectuals of this society the ethnic or religious background of the foreign minister, a top bureaucrat or the top commander of this country is not a big deal at all, it is of course difficult to explain that to the masses in Anatolia who still consider Free Masons and Sabetaists in particular as “traitors” or as “people serving the interests of foreigners.”

    When the Sabetaist accusations against Büyükanıt did not find many customers, the general is this time accused of interfering with the judiciary with his comments during a presidential reception that he knew the noncommissioned officer implicated in the Şemdinli incident and that he was a good man.

    I was present at the same reception that afternoon. I was among some 10 journalists who talked with Büyükanıt that day. Besides those remarks attributed to him, he indeed also said, “Of course he will now face charges and the judiciary will give the final verdict on him.” The second part of Büyükanıt's remarks did not find any place in newspapers. Therefore, those who are involved in the character assassination against the Land Forces commander started a campaign of exploitation that eventually found its way into the indictment of the prosecutor -- who somehow was the same prosecutor that prepared the indictment against the secularist Yücel Aşkın, the president of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University.

    Based on that remark and the testimony of just one of the people alleged to have been involved in the Şemdinli incident, the prosecutor has accused Büyükanıt and several subordinates of setting up a criminal organization and being involved in the abuse of power.

    If all these are not part of a character assassination attempt, what is it?

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    *A sect of convert Jews. It was established after self-proclaimed Messiah Sabetay Sevi, a Thessalonika Jew, agreed to convert to Islam in 1666 in order to save his life. Followers of the sect are believed to be Jews in their private and closed communal lives, but Muslims and Turks in their public lives.

    http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=37520

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    It is the same prosecutor, to whom Micheal Rubin of American E. Institute writes the following:

    Meanwhile Secularistic Proff. is free. Prosecutors allegations were baseless.
    And now he, pushed forward by some behind circles, tries to mess up with Vice-General and designated Chieg General Staff: Pasha Yasar Büyükanit whol will be at this position on 30. August.

    Some circels don't want him, he is 100% Kemalist.
    Interresting now, how Army will react.

    Chief-General Staff Özkök gave AKP-government 24 hour to resolve this issue.
    Wjilst Prime minister press chief says, Prime minister gets his information from Reading newspaper.
     

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