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Kurdish referendum and MHP leader’s statement of ‘casus belli…’

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The head of National Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli declared Thursday that Iraqi Kurds holding an independence referendum would be “casus belli,” meaning, a reason for war.

Often I use the expression “It is no big deal for a bachelor to get a divorce” when I come across such oddities. As it is impossible for an unmarried man to get a divorce and live through the related hurdles, it might be normal to consider it as if it can be undertaken every other day. Why would someone who has never ever fought in a war, lost any of his beloved ones to friendly or enemy fire, suffered from the conditions of a society under attack, have any idea what war might indeed be?

I was a small child when I saw a rifle poised at me for the first time in my life. That was all I remember. Apparently, I was so scared, probably because of the constant talk of war, even though in my all-Turkish neighborhood there was no imminent threat of an attack, that I lost myself in the warm arms of my mother and fainted. As a direct result of that encounter, I hated guns, never ever possessed a fire arm. Even in Cyprus as well as in Turkey, hunting has always been one of the most popular sports. How killing innocent and defenseless animals might be considered a........

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