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Turkish Politics: A Tale of Compote, Ladles, and Shifting Alliances

The famous Nasreddin Hodja anecdote goes like this: On a hot Ramadan day, his neighbor invites Hodja for iftar. A cold bowl of compote is served. The host gives Hodja a small spoon and dips the ladle into the compote, saying, “Ohhh, I’m dying!” as he drinks. Hodja sees where this is going and says, “Sir, sir! Give us that ladle too so we can die a little!”


This is the situation of the opposition in Turkey. Their demands are not for a more democratic, transparent country. They don’t have goals like a rule of law. Their demands for freedom and justice are limited to “sharing power.” When this doesn’t happen, they make a fuss, as if they are fighting for their rights. In a way, this is true; the fight they put up is for their own interests. Otherwise, they don’t care about those whose rights are violated or the people.


This is also the case for those who break away from a movement or a political party. When they are not nominated as candidates, their intention is to raise a rebellion. If you look at the codes of collaboration between leftists and rightists, you’ll see this. It’s legitimate to stand by someone politically; their identity or record doesn’t matter.


Don’t blame the Turkish electorate; more than half of them don’t want the current regime. They are disappointed and angry because you haven’t presented an alternative, and frankly, you don’t intend to. This is how it is… Whoever controls the state apparatus becomes the state. All stakeholders in the country’s politics are aware of this and take positions accordingly.


If we are to call the political situation in the country unfortunate, the main reason is that the actors don’t produce policies. How many elections have passed, with the government accusing the opposition of “collaborating with terrorist organizations,” while elements of the opposition accuse those who break their alliances of “supporting the government.” This cycle doesn’t change.


They blame the Kurds, for example. But no one thinks of these questions:

  • Did we kick the Six Marchers on March 3rd?
  • Did we make a deal with Ümit Özdağ and give him three ministries, including the Ministry of the Interior and even the directorship of the MIT?
  • Those who are angry at those who don’t support the CHP should answer these questions, shouldn’t they:
  • Did we nominate Tanju Özcan in Bolu and Lütfü Savaş in Hatay again, despite all the reactions? Even the headquarters reluctantly admitted to placing them there. What’s your problem?
  • They also nominated Muhittin Böcek again in Antalya. This person canceled the Golden Orange Film Festival with the approval of the relevant ministry due to the documentary “Kanun Hükmünde Kararname.” Even if there is nothing else in his record, he will only be remembered for this incident.

That’s why you don’t say a word about the KHK victims, who have been subjected to the most brutal state violence of modern times, as if such an issue doesn’t exist. Don’t you have anything to say about this matter?


And to the members of the İYİ Party:

  • Who raised Ekrem İmamoğlu’s hand as the presidential candidate? Wasn’t it the same woman who now sneers, “His hand is in the center, but his eyes are elsewhere”?

This is Turkish politics. Disgusting, devoid of principles, characterless, spineless. A politics that says, “Yesterday is yesterday, today is today,” as Süleyman Demirel rightly pointed out from the beginning.

The picture in front of us is this; contrary to claims, there hasn’t been a shift in the axis in our country; on the contrary, after long searches, our country has found its true axis. This is Erdogan’s statement (January 10, 2024), and it’s true.


First, the opposition parties were finished. Then followed the ‘oppositional politics.’ ‘Politics’ and ‘party politics’ are different things. Next in line is the media, but the Turkish media district won’t collapse due to its unique dynamics; it’s adept at changing its shirt because of this.

While their current records stand, while numerous examples, both institutional and personal, are still fresh in memory, constantly polishing known dirty examples and positioning them here and there is quite interesting from the perspective of those involved in communication. A crude and shallow crowd wielding the stick of the state, attacking here and there.


I’m not concerned with the theses that will be written in the future, nor am I interested in the fact that truths not presented in due time will become the subject of documentaries later on. However, there is an important aspect of the media district: Let alone the compote, it finds even the spoon too much!

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