After embarrassing himself with his previous New Statesman op-ed on Turkey, Slavoj Zizek is bound and determined to show that he was in the right. And he’s apparently convinced that he’s subject to a “well-coordinated campaign.” So, he starts off with excuses:
With regard to the statements quoted in my text and falsely attributed to Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkish intelligence, things are simple and clear. After friends informed me about these statements, I searched for them on the web and found a couple of sites with them, plus I did not find any sites denying them. So I quoted the statements, mentioning the website where I found them. After it was discovered that these statements are false, the paragraph containing them was immediately deleted. What more could I have done with my limited resources?
We would like to provide a simple rejoinder here. If your resources are admittedly so “limited,” then why do you insist on carrying on this debate? If your acquaintances provided you with such stunningly incorrect (and improbable) information, and you believed it, don’t you feel any hesitation about other advice or assumptions that you have concerning Turkey?
Mr. Zizek, here’s a suggestion: let it go.