From Al-Arabiya, 21 July 2010
Shape of mustache divides political parties
The mustache that adorns the faces of millions in Turkey still retains its political relevance, as demonstrated by a row between government and the opposition, a Turkish newspaper said Wednesday.
The quarrel began last week when Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), gave a television interview on a government plan to create units of professional soldiers to fight Kurdish rebels, the English-language Today’s Zaman reported.
The government is determined not to repeat the mistakes of the 1980-1990s when serious human rights abuses were blamed on similar special units which were full of sympathizers of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), Celik was quoted by the paper as saying.
“In the past, the wrong men were in the special operations task force. They were likely typical MHP militants with mustaches with down-turned ends,” he added.
His remarks angered MHP leader Devlet Bahceli, who questioned whether the new forces would have “members with almond-shape moustaches”, referring to the small and trimmed classic mustache associated by Islamists.
There is a third mustache that has left its imprint on Turkish politics: a full-grown one drooping over the upper lip — a bit Nietzschean — which is the sign of a leftist