Poor Sod

A restauranteur has been murdered in Istanbul for trying to stop people smoking in his restaurant, in order to comply with Turkey’s EU-begging smoking ban.

I feel sorry for the poor bastard. It is, after all, the law there now and he could presumably lose his licence or whatever and he was only trying to protect his business but I can’t help but feel a little cheer that The Righteous might have bitten off a little more than they can chew here. I’ve known a few Turks in my time -there is (and has been for years) quite a vibrant turkish community here- and I can say they are lovely people. Until you start pushing their buttons. Even the Mayor suggests this:

“I’m deeply saddened that the first smoking-ban murder occurred in our town,” Saruhanli Mayor Veli Yalcin told Hurriyet.

He expects there to be more. Such is, I suppose, the price of EU membership, at least for a country like Turkey. Nothing like this would have ever happened over here in western europe, we are far too cowed to make a fuss. Even in the more hot-headed latin countries there has barely been a fuss.

Obviously, murdering the landlord is a wrong-headed way to go about things, but I can’t help but think if we could have found the same sort of rage perhaps we would not be in the state we’re in now.


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