Flags Curse Evil
Mehmet Y. Yilmaz, Milliyet
(liberal), Istanbul, Sept. 14, 2001.
we lowered our flags. Yesterday, a reader of mine asked why we had
not lowered our flags even after the earthquake that had demolished
most of the Marmara region and killed many of our fellow citizens.
Following the earthquake, some had proposed declaring Aug. 18 a
national day of mourning.
Immediately after the earthquake, we were showered with help from
all regions of the world; rescue teams immediately came to our aid.
In the affected region now stand houses and schools, monuments erected
thanks to people thousands of kilometers away who barely even knew
us. Is it at all possible to forget this assistance, those people
striving to be of help?
I skimmed through the pictures sent by the news agencies. Pictures
showing that, even in Russia, the flags were lowered....Parliament
buildings were wrapped in black flags of mourning
could be detected on almost all the flagpoles in the world.
it is so because we may be facing an undeclared Third World War.
Attacks in New York City and Washington created similar reactions
all over the world. Governments were not content with mere declarations
in uttering this shared reaction. They felt the need to condemn
the terror with a common gesture. Everybody understood that it would
not be possible to talk about sovereignty of any government in a
world ruled by terror. This must be the reason why flags throughout
the world have been lowered. To put it differently, our people are
not of less value than American citizens.