[Marxism] A Query

Mehmet Cagatay mehmetcagatayaydin at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 28 09:41:59 MDT 2007

This is the copy of the comment that I made about an article on Renegade



Thank you for presenting us with an article detailed enough to cover the
historical, economical and social extents of the multifaceted situation of
the region.

I want to raise a very speculative question, which I have neither
investigated by any means of statistical data nor carefully contemplated

Following the recent debate in Marxmail about the question of contemporary
imperialism, I developed a strange PARANOIA concerning the immediate role
of the Turkish Army in the imperialistic expansion. As I stated before,
Turkish bourgeoisie has been bolstered heavily by European finance
capital. I can't IMAGINE a notable Turkish company issuing an annual
report that does not include liabilities to European creditors. We should
also take direct investments and joint partnerships into the account. In
other sense, one should reevaluate the gradually rising influence of
European Union in the Turkish economy. I'm SUSPECTING the good old days
that one could unhesitatingly count Turkey simply as a satellite of the
U.S have remained in the past. Now the pie is bigger and prospects are
more alluring. 

Another thing to bear in mind is the up to date consequences of the power
struggle in Turkey. The Turkish Army (i.e. its appendages in the political
racetrack) waterlooed heavily by bourgeoisie in the recent election. But,
this rivalry has to be maintained friendly as both teams need each other
for the sake future organizations. Now it is time to regenerate the
relations and establish brand new table-images which was spoiled by busted
bluff attempts. A couple of showpiece triumphs against PKK might save
reliability of the Army and the devotion of bourgeoisie to the political

Existence of PKK is a practical tool for Turkish ruling classes to prolong
nationalistic sensibility. After the dissolution of Soviet Union and
extermination of socialist movements, Turkey has been deprived of a "real
enemy" excluding PKK, religious fundamentalism and those noisy Armenians
and their persistent claims. Nationalistic consciousness is not a gift
from god; you must strive relentlessly to constitute it by every tool. On
the other hand, uncontrollable forces always represent a threat to "free
trade", which is an enormous risk to take for the small-minded
justification of keeping the enemy in view. The one who jeopardize
business affairs is a threat not only for Turkey also for all the
We endeavored to a large extent to analyze the interests of American
imperialism in the region. But we are bereft of a careful research about
the position of Europe in the picture. How about an investigation to
reveal the possible cooperation between Turkey and the usual suspects of
European imperialism? Who knows what bargains are in process behind the
curtains? Maybe accession of Turkey to the European Union will be a
shorter process than predictions.

This is not an attempt to mystify the current debate with conspiracy
theories. I just tried to throw out the question that is rambling in my
mind. And I have no idea about the validity of my thoughts. Voicing it in
front of the public was the only way to test it. 

Mehmet Çagatay

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