[Originally published in Turkish Daily News] Did you know that the Turkish military sees postmodernism as a “threat” that should be fought against? We all learned that about a week ago when the new Commander of Land Forces, Gen. Işık Koşaner, made a speech which summarized all the enemies that the Turkish Armed Forces despise. These included the usual groups: “Separatists,” religious orders, and “unpatriotic” circles. But the latter included a new cadre of treacherous citizens: “the post-modernists.” The high-brow general openly stated: “The propaganda network that consists of a postmodern clique of some media, academics, finance circles and NGOs are working in order to weaken and disintegrate national unity and national values.” He also added that these “postmodern” traitors are “manipulated by global powers.”
The General Staff’s recent decision to invite the editors-in-chief and Ankara representatives of some formerly unaccredited newspapers was received by some as a breakdown of the 11-year-old Feb. 28 decisions that established double standards in the General Staff’s relations with media organizations, among other undemocratic measures.
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Mehmet Ali Birand
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