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Civil Disobedience – OpEd


The most famous examples of Civil Disobedience is Gandhi’s 1930 Salt March against British colonial rule and Martin Luther King in the 1960s against white surpremists. The uprising of poor people against oppressive power.

The rules for Civil Disobedience were introduced in the 1840s. It’s not easy. Everyone is against you, the courts, the law, the police, the army. When you think there’s nothing you can do, you realize there’s something you can still do in the most hopeless time.

The worst and undesired  counter action  is to hurt yourself — like Buddhist monks burning themselves in the middle of the square in Vietnam. It’s like the street vendor who burned himself in Tunisia. These acts are not civil disobedience. These are the results of situations where despair overflows.

Here, we speak of the attitude of the simple man on the street against the political will that controls everything in civil disobedience. During the Soviet era, people engaged themselves in music sports literature, they were not interested in politics, and remained indifferent, ignored everything. In the end, excessive control gets out of control and destroys itself. Recall the last night of Stalin, something — not one of his fears can help him. All experienced elderly doctors were taken into custody and sent to Siberian camps in accusation of assassination. Before the Second World War, all the generals were again taken into custody and sent to the camps. The Second World War also resulted in the death of 20 million Russian people. They had bad equipment. Big army in the management of inexperienced commenders.

I had heard about the political jokes that criticized many public administrations from Russian friends  who were close to us in 1976 when we were in Moscow in 3-month technical training. “The state pretends to pay us a salary, in return we seem to be working,” they said. Later, Ronald Reagan made them public in his speeches.

There are two major reactions to civil disobedience, indifference and ignorance. Third was newly added that is no involvement with local economic activity. If you participate in the economic activity and the production of the political will first deprive them and their own supporters, such as the third airport. The Camlica mosque, the Channel Istanbul, unnecessary road bridges are  such projects. There is no saving in public fame’ so they buy a large number of planes, but only two people fly on them and go to New Zealand with the big plane, the same trip is done by scheduled flights by the foreign minister of New Zealand.

When Merkel’s state aircraft requires maintenance, she travels to Brazil on a scheduled flight, never hesitating. There is no feasibility for our mega investments, that do not have the right to control, therefore there is no finance.

We got the S400, it’s over, done-deal, and then the other guy says you can’t take the F35s from me, you still insist on the same place. It doesn’t work, it won’t work. How far will you go with the S400?

At the Akkuyu nuclear plant, the concrete foundation under the nuclear core is cracking, so after rebuilding, it’s cracking again. How can you resist the natural forces?

Someone is saying something, without serious evaluations,  without weighing back and forth the pros and cons, without thinking, finally the outcome is not used, stay idle.

You gathered 60thousand people in 10 hours to Çamlıca Mosque, you evacuated the mosque in 10-hours, since no subways, and other mosques remained empty.

If you have third airport, the large airlines stop flights, there is no subway transportation, soon migratory birds will pass through there, millions of years they have passed on the course of their genes, will planes be able to fly and land? Will they listen to you?

You do not find financing, resources are dried up. “You didn’t vote for me in local elections,” he said. You stop construction of subway lines. You have made all the irregularities you have objected to, you already know the details of the irregularities very detailed.

There will be an obvious payback for them. Good or bad everything has a counter response, and that is not paid to the other world, the price is paid in this world

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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