What happened to EU criteria?

Published 04.10.2017 19:53

The world is on the threshold of several profound crises. Of course, these crises are not only the natural consequence of the global trajectory, but the imposition of the imperialist share as well.

Aside from presenting political and economic crises, imperialism also exacerbates problems around the world.

Over the past 30 years, the political crises in Turkey's vicinity have either been initiated by global forces or steered in accordance with their interests, as occurred with the Arab Spring.

From the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq to the Egyptian coup and Syrian civil war, we have seen that dozens of conspiracies actually came true.

Another point of crisis has lately emerged from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq. Such a finely adjusted global plot was activated in this process that all the ethnic groups in the region were mobilized. The keys of this crisis were independence and Kurds' right to found a state. Although the ultimate goal of this ploy is beyond this, the timing was well thought out since independence is the 100-year-old dream of Kurdish society and politics while being the pinnacle of nationalism.

It was calculated that other nationalist waves could also be easily spurred, which would possibly go wrong.

This is a dangerous game played through ethno-nationalism. Even democracy cannot resolve it, as we recently saw in Spain and Catalonia's own independence vote in the very heart of the EU, the stronghold of democracy.

The picture is evident. Only days after the KRG independence referendum, Spain's Catalonia region also held an independence vote.

As a matter of fact, it would be more appropriate to say that the latter could not be held.

The West, which gives lectures on democracy and imposes the criteria for democracy on others, resorted to a military intervention as the first option, while it is considered a last resort in the Middle East.

The Catalonia vote saw to all kinds of chaos – detainments, raids and the confiscation of ballot boxes.

In addition, the two regions cannot even be compared geo-strategically. In northern Iraq, an independence vote that would affect the region 10 times more than the Catalonian vote was held and the regional countries have only mentioned imposing economic sanctions and political pressure so far.

Of course, the interesting part is the EU's silence on the vote.

The EU's democracy guards have remained as mere spectators to what happened in Catalonia. No one argued that this is the democratic right of Catalans. Moreover, they considered the Catalan referendum illegal.

The EU would go on the rampage if what Spain did in Catalonia were done in Turkey or any Middle Eastern or Latin American country. So, did our "semi-colonized intellectuals" do what the EU abstained from doing? They are also silent. And they are not expected to raise their voice as they struggle to call last year's July 15 coup attempt a controlled coup and handle politics and violence side by side.

The issues of status and self-determination must be re-evaluated in light of our past and mutual experiences. As the nation-state model that spurs separations unsettles the West, the Middle East must come up with new solutions to this turbulence with formulas based on justice and humanity and emphasize the idea of an equal and common homeland.

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