What Would You Tell Obama?
After the G20 and NATO summits, the US President is now in Turkey. We would like Obama to close down military bases, pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and fight against global climate change.
İstanbul - Bıa news centre
05 April 2009, Sunday 21:25
Sunday night, US President Barack Obama comes to Turkey’s capital Ankara. On Monday (6 April), he is
to address the Turkish parliament and speak to party leaders. It is known that
he will ask for soldiers for Afghanistan and that the Justice and Development
Party (AKP) will want to discuss the fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party
Tuesday, Obama will come to Istanbul. Unfortunately, we at bianet will not be
able to speak to him. In fact, because he is coming, the Istanbul governor will
shut down roads and squares, making our lives more difficult.
we will use this medium to call on Obama. He has made the decision to close
Guantanamo Bay within a year, and we want him to continue with policies of
“change” in other areas:
close down the US military bases in Turkey. You could start with the İncirlik
base near Adana, in the south of Turkey, built in 1951. Your country used it
illegally for its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and it harbours nuclear
out of Iraq immediately, and give up on trying to control Afghanistan. Your
previous government terrorised the whole world in the name of “war on
terrorism” and shelved rights and freedoms. We would like them back.
the International Criminal Court so that your country’s leaders can be tried
for war crimes that have been alleged. We want justice.
If you do not take decisive steps to deal with global
warming, you will drag your country and the whole world into distaster –
undoubtedly, the poorest will go first. We ask for urgent change.
Abolish the death penalty. According to Amnesty
International, 37 people were killed by the state in your country last year.
This is unacceptable.
Stop wrestling with Cuba and lift the embargo. Also
give up supporting fascist leadership in places around the world. You can make
up for your support of such regimes in the past. It is difficult, but not
Realise that capitalism is not the solution. Become
socialist – you will see that everything is better than. (EÜ/AG)