Renowned Iranian pro-democracy activist Dr. Arash Irandoost has lately published an open letter to the people of Turkey. The prominent activist who has been fighting corruption of the religion of Islam warns the Turks against the consequences of Erdogan government adventurism.
Our readers can see the content of the three-page letter in English here.
Below are some fragments from Dr. Irandoost letter.
Applying to the Turks the activist said: “Ever since you decided to trade in the Secularism of Ataturk for the Islamism of Erdogan, you also seem to have decided to forego your willingness to coexist with non-Muslims on a peaceful basis. But your affairs are your own. If you want to let a fanatic in a cheap suit destroy Turkish nationalism in the name of Islam, you talk about stolen land, when your entire country is stolen land, from Cyprus to Istanbul, it’s your own business. Islam, that's your business. But when he gets into business with terrorist organizations that attack, rape and murder our mothers and sisters (Iranian pro democracy women demonstrators), then it becomes our business. And when a country that persecutes its Kurdish, Assyrian and Armenian citizens, treat Iranian refugees like 3rd class citizens and hands them over to IRI thugs at every opportunity, and works tirelessly to appease a criminal regime (he implies IRI: Panorama.am), she must remember that we will not forget her erroneous ways.” Speaking about the latest events Arash Irandoost mentioned:
“You say you want an international investigation into the flotilla raid? Sure. Right after you allow an international investigation into that minor matter of Armenian genocide that you've been ducking for quite a while. As the new "standard bearer" in fighting for human rights, I'm sure you will agree that it's only fair that Turkey should undergo the same scrutiny it demands for other countries.”
The Iranian activist reminded Turkey avoiding responsibility for the Armenian Genocide of other cases of violation of rights: “And then we can move on to the more than 10,000 political prisoners in your jails. A number that at times has topped 100,000. An independent investigation could also begin by looking into the torture and murder of political activists such as Engin Ceber.”
The author draws attention to evident facts and shows Turkey’s inadequate position: “In Israel, Arabs are a legally recognized minority. Arabic is taught in schools and used as a legally recognized language. Meanwhile Kurdish identity is all but banned in Turkey and Iranian heritage and nationalism is under attack by the Islamist invaders. Kurdish names, folk songs and even the Kurdish language itself has been repressed. Your regime has actually prosecuted and removed officials for simply incorporating a Kurdish phrase into a greeting. You screech self-righteously about the "Palestinian children"-- perhaps we should talk about the hundreds of Kurdish children arrested for throwing stones at protests. Arrested and charged with terrorism.”
Touching upon Turkish government’s aggressive statements Dr. Irandoost reminded that entire present-day Turkey is stolen land: “You talk about stolen land, when your entire country is stolen land, from Cyprus to Istanbul. Your regime is a racist illegitimate entity based on the oppression of the Kurds, the Armenians, the Assyrians, Iranians, and numerous others.
You went directly from being Imperialists to Fascists to Islamists, a truly dubious achievement for any nation. Your history is filled with slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide and invasion. And that's just in the last century alone.” The Iranian activist gave a piece of good advice to the Turks: “If you had any sanity or shame, you would dig a hole, crawl into it, and hope that no one mentions words like "Minority Rights" or "Territorial Legitimacy" in your presence, instead of trying to use them as a club against Iranians and Israelis (Two nations whose national history predates yours by thousands of years).”
Speaking about the flotilla raid Dr. Irandoost draws attention to some facts and writes ironically: “But let us get back to your precious Islamist flotilla, decorated with Turkish flags that used to be more than just red versions of the Saudi flag. That ship you filled up with Muslim Brotherhood members and Islamist radicals bound for Gaza. Over in your wonderful nation of boundless freedom, reporters have been put on trial for even interviewing leaders of terrorist groups. You sentenced the head of a Kurdish party to six months in prison for calling the head of the PKK, Mr. Ocalan, instead of just Ocalan. He joins the more than 800 Kurdish politicians you imprisoned in the last year alone. And after all that you actually have the nerve to pretend to be "outraged" when Israel intercepts your flotilla full of political terrorists?”
Arash Irandoost’s letter’s following fragment is entitled this way – “You blockaded Armenia for Sixteen Years.”
“But of course we know how strongly you feel about blockades. Like the time you blockaded Armenia for Sixteen Years,” reminded the author and warned against the consequences of such a position: “Since you've decided to friend Hamas and IRI murderers, then what's good for the turkey, just might be good for the gander. Or perhaps for every boat flying the Turkish flag that is sent to Gaza, Israel should donate a million to the Iranian pro democracy movement and PKK.”
The author also reminded of Republic of Cyprus, mentioned Turkey’s recent military defeats and warned that with Islamic regime Turkey can only get assistance from Saudi Arabia that defends its own security with the help of American marines. The author warns that the ambitions of restoring the empire and establishing Islamic Caliphate, neo-Ottoman policy after all will fill up the cup of the leading powers – Russia, United Europe and U.S.