Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: The Çanakkale Victory is the foreword of Türkiye's birth...

Psychiatrist Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that there are three important points in ensuring social unity, and listed them as the common culture of the past, common goals and ideals about the future and the common sense formed about what is happening now. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said "If these three are together, national unity will happen" and said, "If we interpret the past differently, this situation affects national unity negatively. If our national ideals are different, they are misread again.". Emphasizing that the Çanakkale victory is the foreword of the birth of the new Türkiye, Tarhan underlined that there is a national consciousness in all segments of society with this victory and stressed the importance of explaining and transferring the spirit of Çanakkale especially to young generations.

Common culture, common ideals and common sense...

President of Üsküdar University, Psychiatrist Prof. Nevzat Tarhan made an assessment about the importance of the spirit of unity and solidarity on the 108th anniversary of the March 18 Çanakkale Victory.

Noting that the Çanakkale wars lasted more than a year, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, "On March 18, 1915, after the Çanakkale wars started from the sea, the naval battles had to end approximately one month later. The French and the British have great preparations consisting of a strong navy and armor. There is a force that has reached the last strength of the industrial revolution. Such a great power is unstoppable. Before this war, there were serious psychological operations on both sides, especially those who migrated to Greece from the Ottoman Empire and knew Turkish well, and sent many Greeks as spies and received information about the front. The Ottomans are also conducting psychological operations in the same way. They do this especially in land wars.".

His success in Anafartalar is a kind of birthday for Mustafa Kemal

Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that when the navy of the Allied Forces could not cross the Çanakkale on March 18 due to the mines laid by the Nusret mine ship, it was forced to carry out a land operation and that this situation was the historical turning point of the Çanakkale war. Tarhan said, "The land wars continued for approximately one year. The Allied Forces failed at it and returned. While Mustafa Kemal was an unknown Staff Colonel in the land wars, his high success in Anafartalar and his intelligence and success in the whole place made him tremendously famous in the Ottoman administrative community. It is kind of a birthday.".

It is necessary to know the spirit of the Çanakkale wars well

Stating that "it is necessary to approach the Çanakkale wars by questioning", Tarhan said, "We were successful in the Çanakkale wars. We have been successful in many wars, but these local successes we have achieved did not prevent us from losing the war because our strategic goal was wrong. For this reason, it is important that the strategic goal is correct. Rushing into war to ally with Germany… The strategic goal here was wrong. The staff officers are debating this. This is one of the lessons to be learned. The Çanakkale wars are a serious defensive war. We need to know what the spirit of Çanakkale was in this defensive war.".

Martyrdom is seen as a high rank in the spirit of Çanakkale

Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that the Çanakkale War was a war in which soldiers from different geographies, including all over Anatolia, participated in the Ottoman borders, and said, "Those who visit the martyr area on the Gallipoli peninsula see on the tombstones soldiers who go to fight from all over Anatolia. There are martyrs from Idlib and Syria. How are these soldiers able to resist the enemy with powerful weapons? I gather the spirit of Çanakkale under three main subjects: First, they see martyrdom as a high rank and they can laugh in the face of death. Since Mustafa Kemal knew this very well, he said, 'I am not ordering you to attack. I command you to die.’. This order shows the effect of the feeling of martyrdom on the soldier.’.

Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that the allied forces were surrounding in a very large area and added, "Mustafa Kemal is taking action early in the morning behind all his soldiers and himself on the front line. While the other party is sleeping, he goes on the attack and distributes it like that. Therefore, this is a military intelligence, a tactic. It is very important that he is on the front line, he mobilizes the whole military.”.

A sense of dedication creates the spirit of Çanakkale

Stating that the second feature of the spirit of Çanakkale is the resistance to the oppressor and the third is the spirit of devotion to the homeland, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, "All of these characteristics are unique to our society. The ability to say no to the oppressor exists in our society. Being able to say no to death when you see that the other party is cruel seems to be in our genetic code. This feeling increased the resistance power in Çanakkale and the cruelty of the other side awaken the feeling to protect the homeland in this people. The third is that there is a dedication that the homeland is a sacred trust. That sense of dedication constitutes the spirit of Çanakkale.".

The spirit of Çanakkale should be told to children

Emphasizing the importance of explaining and transferring the spirit of Çanakkale especially to young generations, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, "It is necessary to teach the students the feeling that this homeland in the spirit of Çanakkale is a sacred trust to the children as a national consciousness. This has now been realized, so almost all schools are visiting the martyrdom in Çanakkale during these periods. They need to do this because it is necessary to remember those days and to convey the spirit of those days. We need to start this at primary school age. It is necessary to take the children to Çanakkale and show them the spirit of national consciousness, unity and solidarity. In martyrdom, it is necessary to tell about the soldiers who came from different geographies of the Ottoman Empire and fell martyrs for these lands.".

Underlining that the spirit of Çanakkale is also the symbol of the concepts of national unity and solidarity with these features, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, "This spirit of national solidarity should be taught starting from primary school. Young medics in Istanbul went to the front as doctors and the stories of the young are written in the Çanakkale war."

The values learned in Çanakkale should unite with our social identity

Stating that the values experienced and learned in Çanakkale are something that should be in our social self, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, "The combination of these values with our social self has a great impact on the formation of our sense of unity and solidarity. Three things are important for national unity: the common culture of the past, the common goals and ideals about the future, and the common sense about what is happening now. If these three are together, it becomes national unity, and if we interpret the past differently, it negatively affects national unity. If our national ideals are different, they are again misread. At the moment, there is a national consciousness about this in every layer of society, especially about Çanakkale.".

The Çanakkale Victory is the foreword of the birth of Türkiye...

Prof. Tarhan said, "The Çanakkale victory crossed the charisma of the British. This victory is the foreword for the birth of a new Türkiye." Stating that the Çanakkale victory was a great success especially in the struggle against colonialism and anti-imperialism, and that it was a symbol not only for us but also for all nations struggling against the colony, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, "The spirit of Çanakkale has a symbol value. It is a proof that it is possible to stop the oppressor and to fight colonialism all over the world. The spirit of Çanakkale is an excellent immune system against those who try to disrupt our social philosophy and folk philosophy. For this reason, the Çanakkale Victory and similar victories need to be explained and the common social traumas should be overcome together. We passed from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic. We could not mourn the Ottomans. When we cannot mourn, there is unresolved trauma in society, there is no national unity in society.”. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that it was important to achieve social consensus on issues related to the Ottoman Empire and emphasized that this was important in ensuring national unity awareness.

Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)