It’s Wednesday, June 8. Evening. Back at our by
now tried-and-true Hesperia Fera Suites in a cloudy and cool Barcelona. The
manager recognized us and made sure we got a room with an exterior view this
time. Nice! Anyway, it’s time to talk a little more Turkey.
First, a few words
about Mustafa Kemal, better known as Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey in
1923. There are statues of him everywhere. No village is too small. The Turkish
Government, to honor him, made it illegal for anyone else to ever bear the
It must be an allergy. Yet for whatever reason I have
difficulty seeing national flags on cars, tee-shirts, hats, lapel pins, running
shoes, even flagpoles. This goes for the Red-White-and-Blue, our Grand Old Flag.
While helping to unite smaller entities, states or provinces, nationalism often
does so at the expense of the larger whole. People wrap themselves in their
country’s flags before going off and killing, or being killed by, other people
wrapped intheircountry’s flags.
Children get bombed and women raped with the justification that they live under