The excellent Dutch weblog Sargasso has an entry on Turkish cult novelist Burak Turna, whose latest book The Third World War or Üçüncü Dünya Savasi is turning into a regular best-seller in Turkey. One quote from Turna, taken from the International Herald Tribune:
”Turks are waking up to two facts,” Turna said at a café near Istanbul’s bustling Taksim Square, where he was greeted like a rock star by young fans. “One is that everything told to the Turkish people by EU leaders is lies. Two, that a Muslim country will never get into an EU that doesn’t want us”.
Fair enough. However, in his novel The Third World War Turna acts out Turkish feelings of anti-EU resentment in the following way:
The year is 2010 and the European Union has rejected Turkey. Fascist governments have come to power in Germany, Austria and France and are inciting violence against resident Turks and Muslims. A vengeful Turkey joins forces with Russia and declares war against the EU. Turkish commandos besiege Berlin, obliterate Europe and take control of the Continent.
Apparently the EU is not as popular and appealing as some of us would like to think. It may be a good idea to re-read AFOE’s entry A Slice of Turkey and the accompanying text in the New York Times:
A poll by the E.U.’s Eurobarometer service showed only 35 percent of Europeans favoring Turkish accession. So now, on the eve of negotiations, European politicians are looking for a face-saving way to leave Turkey at the altar. The French prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, spoke out in favor of delaying talks unless Turkey recognized the Greek part of Cyprus, which Turkey sees as a new condition. Germany’s Christian Democrat leader, Angela Merkel, asked Turkey to be content with a “privileged partnership” rather than member status. It is not likely that Turks will consider that prize worth the self-abasement. Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told The Economist: “Should they propose anything short of full membership or any new conditions, we will walk away. And this time it will be for good.”
I do not feel like rehashing all our arguments pro and contra Turkey’s possible entry into the EU, but we should keep in mind that the Turkish people are quite capable of having their own opinions on the matter. And we should listen. Somehow it all reminds me of an arranged marriage:
In some countries, even in so advanced a nation as Japan today, young people often ask for an arranged marriage. They say to themselves: I am so blinded by feeling now, I cannot really know what the other party is like. There is even a saying, in the U.S.: “You marry a stranger”. So they ask the older people to arrange. Legitimate use of sex can and will generate love in an arranged marriage.
I’ll leave it up to your imagination to figure out who the older people in this scenario would be and what kind of sex would make both the EU and Turkey happy. Burak Turna is also the author of the best-selling Metal Storm in which Turkey ends up nuking Washington DC.