Today's Zaman, Turkey
Jan 22 2011

There's this Armenian

This is the title of journalist Adem Yavus Arslan's recent book on
Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's assassination. The full title is "Bi
Ermeni Var: Hrant Dink Operasyonu'nun Şifreleri" (There's This
Armenian: The Codes of the Dink Operation).

The book tries to show through evidence that the Dink assassination in
2007 was part of a larger plan by the Turkish gendarmerie and part of
a larger Ergenekon conspiracy to weaken and, if possible, topple the
Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government. The book argues
that Dink, the monstrous murder of three Christian missionaries in
Malatya and the murder of a Christian priest in Trabzon were all
orchestrated by the same culprits.

Arslan underlines the Dink murder was part of a larger plan to drive
Turkey away from the European Union. As you may remember, some neocon
writers had been falsely trying to label AK Party politicians
"Islamo-fascists" and with this assassination and the murder of
Christians, Ergenekon wanted to "prove" to the West that all these
murderers and assassinations were encouraged by the AK Party. Thus,
the West's encouragement of proper democracy in Turkey was fatal. "One
vote, one time" is the motto. When these so-called Islamo-fascists
come to power, they will never go and in order to remain in power they
will start butchering their "other(s)." The bureaucratic oligarchy
dreamed that once the anchor of Western democratization had safely
been removed from Turkey, they would easily be able to do away with
the AK Party through all sorts of psychological operations. They are
so skilful that in order to prepare for the Feb. 28 coup, they made
the nation believe that a prostitute was a devout practicing Muslim
who was misled and abused by two notorious, so-called religious
leaders. It is only very recently that the nation learned that the
piety of these two men was less than we had been led to believe.

Arslan's book also asserts that Dink's murder was a way to stir up
ultranationalist sentiment, paving the way for the AK Party's votes to
diminish and nationalist parties to gain power. The other target was
the Gülen movement, which is known for its inter-faith dialogue.
Sheikh Haydar Baş's newspapers kept claiming that the movement was
helping Christian missionaries in Turkey and that there were 18,000
house-churches in Turkey. In Islamist Necmettin Erbakan's newspaper,
Milli Gazete, Mehmet Şevket Eygi claimed that a religious leader
(implying Fethullah Gülen) had made a secret agreement with the
Vatican to sell out Turkey. You may believe that all these things are
simply coincidental, but I do not. And, as Arslan's book hints, every
single minute detail was carefully planned by the officials of the
Turkish state. The Dink assassination was so well organized that the
gendarmerie was able to cheat the police by employing double agents.
It is as if we are talking about two different enemy forces belonging
to two different states. What bothers me is that the AK Party has not
helped enough in solving the Dink case, for reasons unknown to me. I
wonder if in their subconscious they are confusing the number 2007
with 1915.

I hope the book is translated into English as soon as possible.

From: A. Papazian