An Eastern candle (still) unlit

A resounding reverberation,[1]

Those secrets in the dark,[2]

Not the unknown knowns,[3]

But the known unknowns,[4]

And the more ominous unknown unknowns,[5]

This state is deep,[6]

Much like our consciousness,[7]

The web entangles and entwines,[8]

Tentacles like no other,[9]

The indescribable terror,[10]

Its shadow almost mystical,[11]

Its effects undeniable,[12]

Light comes too late for those which hope,[13]

But beauty can (still) be found in the madness.[14]

[1] BBC News, ‘Ankara attacks: Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100’, October 11th, 2015 ( accessed on 11/10/2015).

[2] Today’s Zaman, ‘Journalist arrested over columns on alleged ties between Iranian terror group and Turkish intelligence’, September 21st, 2015 ( accessed on 11/10/2015); Associated Press, via Yahoo News, ‘Turkish journalist detained for tweets critical of president’, October 9th, 2015 ( accessed on 11/10/2015).

[3] Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall, Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped shipped arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas, Reuters, May 21st, 2015 ( accessed on 11/10/2015).

[4] Today’s Zaman, ‘Deep state suspects’ release arouses deep suspicions’, January 11th, 2008 ( accessed on 11/10/2015).

[5] David A. Graham. ‘Rumsfled’s Knowns and Unknowns: The Intellectual History of a Quip’, The Atlantic, March 27th, 2014 ( accessed on 11/10/2015).

[6] Although emerging in myth and legend, the reality of Turkey’s ‘deep state’ has become ever more apparent and undeniable over the last two decades, with many scholarly works theoretically and empirically examining the phenomenon and its consequences for the Turkish nation and peoples. For rigorous, contemporary analysis on the matter, see Mehtap Söyler (2015). The Turkish Deep State: State Consolidation, Civil-Military Relations and Democracy, New York: Routledge. pp.1-9 & 43-52; Daniele Ganser (2005). NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe, New York: Frank Cass. pp.224-249; Ryan Gineras (2014). Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp.239-270.

[7] Dean Radin (2006), Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, New York: Pocket Books.


[9] Eric Wilson, ed. Government of the Shadows : Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty (New York and London: Pluto Press, 2009); The Dual State: Parapolitics, Carl Schmitt and the National Security Complex (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).

[10] Richard Jackson and Samuel J Sinclair, Contemporary Debates on Terrorism (Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2012), 9-26.

[11] H. H. A. Cooper (2001). Terrorism: The Problem of Definition Revisited, American Behavioural Scientist, Vol. 44, No. 6, February, p.892.

[12] Daren Butler. Reuters, via Yahoo News, ‘Turkey launches airstrikes on PKK camps after ceasefire move’, October 11th, 2015 ( accessed on 11/10/2015).

[13] Kajsa Olsson and Anton Klepke. The hopes of the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey in spite of turmoil and violence, Open Democracy, October 8th, 2015 ( accessed on 11/10/2015).

[14] Peter Dale Scott, The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy, MA: Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. pp.183-190.