Leonard Cohen hearing in Gaziantep

Everyone knows the ship is sinking/ everyone knows the captain lied.

These lyrics were repeated to me last night in wake of the referendum’s results.

Also from the same song;

Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

There is definitely a feeling of decline present in Turkey, in the young, in the educated, in the secular, in the liberal, corners, in which I often find myself. Many Syrians were already resigned here — now crestfallenness has come to the Turks.

It is important not to be a fatalist.



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