PKK insurgency is the top and most current problem of the Turkish Government. Over 30.000 people died in this insurgency since 1984. The PKK wants to create and autonomous Kurdistan but of course Turkey doesn’t give that right to Kurdish people so this war continues sometimes active sometimes not active because of this disagreement of the two sides.
I am writing this with sadness but as Turkey we are in an active part of this war these days. Lots of swoops are currently being sent out on the eastern Turkey and the death ratio is rising every passing day.
Another important aspect of this tragedy is that there is ample suspicion that the government sometimes does not say the number of martyrs and keeps it as a secret from the public not to demoralize them and to make them support the government. If they were to learn that more people are dead, they wouldask what the moves of the government are for this situation and that may lead the government to be cornered to give an answer they are not willing to answer at this point. Actually they are in a bit tied position because they can’t have permission from the countries to make operations to Iraq. The army can only fire and bomb the mountains with cobras in this position and Turkey also does not want to kill civilians in these operations so the government is extra careful about the operation plans. Also Turkey doesn’t want to break-up its relationships with Iraq.
In my opinion, journalists should research on the ground more diligently and must write the real news about what is happening there and the number of martyrsif any different then the ones announced because we must face the reality and we mustn’t run away from it. Having unreliable and unrealistic data will not develop the situation, on the contrary it will create a deadlock of sides unable to understand each other along with a public unaware of the situation and swayed into unchartered and undeserved territory.