Letter from Diyarbakir
Middle East International, 26 Febr. 1999
FROM A LITILE STORE in Diyarbakir I bought some lined paper to write a letter. I was struck by the design. On the margins, there were two M-16 machine-guns, on the bottom a rocket launcher, on top the Turkish crescent and star with the phrase "Honour and the nation are our duty".
This is probably the writing paper used by many of the Turkish soldiers who do their military service here. The company producing the paper, Ankara-based Aydin Kartpostal, also makes postcards of grim looking commandos posing before tanks or the Turkish flag.
Behind my desk, I wondered what I could write about Diyarbakir. Should I convey my impres