If you close yourself off from the world, you will probably exaggerate your problems.
You may think that Turkey is the only country where elections are regularly held. Alternatively, you might get tired of asking, "Why are the local election results still not finalized in some districts?"
As another example, Indian voters went to the polls for the first phase of general elections on Monday. More than 814 million voters are going to elect the majority party in the next 543-seat parliament. I had the chance to see the parliament sessions in "Rajya Sabha" (Council of States) and "Lok Sabha" (House of People). Similar to the General Assembly of the United Nations, simultaneous interpreters were interpreting the statements of parliament members with different religions and languages in Lok Sabha.
The results of India's general elections will be announced one month later, on May 16. I would like to offer an anecdote to politicians complaining that Turkey is a difficult country to rule when they go to China. A Turkish politician says to a Chinese manager, "Our cities are too crowded and the population of Turkey is increasing at a fast pace." Then, the Chinese manager asks what the population is and the politician replies, "70 million." The manager laughs by saying, "How nice! I suppose all Turkish people know each other's names."
In short, if you are aware of your place in the world, you will presumably not exaggerate your problems. I was thinking the same thing when I read an interview by Hürriyet newspaper's reporter Cansu Çamlıbel with the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone Jr. In connection with Fethullah Gülen's residency in Pennsylvania, the United States, Ricciardone said, "We do not interfere with the rights of Turkish people living in our country." He underlined that allegations about a "parallel state" do not make sense to them. In some parts of the interview, Ricciardone pointed out, "We are not holding a detector in our hands to identify parallel states. This concept is beyond the perception of Americans."
Yesterday's The New York Times analysis indicated that almost 2 million illegal refugees have been deported since President Barack Obama took the office. Apart from that, two-thirds of these 2 million deportation cases involve people with traffic violations.
Imagine. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan complains to Obama saying, "We have spent $3 million to meet the needs of thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Obama gave advice to Erdoğan to deport the illegal refugees by forcing them to commit traffic violations. When the "Warren Commission Report" analyzing the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy, the author of "A Nation of Immigrants," is released, the U.S. will probably understand the concept of the deep state. I hope that the members of the Gülen Movement will not commit any traffic violations until that time.