A New Reconciliation

The middle class in Turkey is rising up, more the 80 percent of the population lives within the cities.
Education and communication facilities have shown an enormous progress within 80 years.
Especially the effects that globalization, religion and ethnic identities have shown in the last 10 years have once again become the main subject in politics.
The people in Turkey want respect shown to their identities and beliefs.
The principle of equity in the constitution is inadequate in solving people's practical problems.
The problems of the Kurdish, the Alawites and the turbaned students mainly rest upon this fact.
There may be those who are disturbed or frightened with these sections expressing themselves, but it is not possible anymore to govern Turkey by frightening or with apprehension.
With identities coming into prominence does not legitimize identification policies to be made within the country.
With the Minister of State, Sait Yazicioglu's statement, clearly premiums may not be given to 'extreme ideas' however designating societal requests as 'extreme ideas' and omitting them is no longer possible. In fact resisting this fact may aggravate the price the country has to pay.
Civil-military executive elites will have to form a 'new reconciliation' around the assets that keeps this country together and by leading this historical process.
This reconciliation can be well enough obtained without coming in contact with the 'establishments philosophies' essence.
Turkey is obliged to consolidate 'national unity and coalescence' upon a more substantive and realistic ground.
Therefore, even if not new, "renewed credentials" will be needed.
There is an obvious fact: the blouse that was sewn according to the former measurements are now to tight for Turkey.
The country needs dauntless politicians that will build the 'new Turkey', not those who are just muddling through.

Gürkan Zengin