Roberto Saviano, Salman Rushdie, Elena Ferrante, Marc Augé, Hanif Kureishi and others call on Europe to show unity against Turkey’s Syria offensiveThere is a word that cannot be spoken in Turkey, and that is the word war. President Erdoğan and his backers are attacking Kurdish civilians, and are calling the military invasion an “operation” – Operation Source of Peace. This shows a blatant disregard for the truth.
Talking about war in Turkey equals being a traitor. The few free voices there must expect atrocious retaliations: jail, defamation, civil death. No dissent is allowed. The carnage of the Kurds, the wiping out of their independence, their rights, their dreams, is being depicted by Erdoğan as a vital necessity for the Turkish people.