By KANI XULAM
The year was 1985.
In America, President Ronald Reagan began a peaceful second term.
In Turkey, seething tensions continued to grip a country torn apart by years of violence and death, both before and after a military coup had toppled the freely-elected government—triggering the tumultuous arrest of 650,000 Kurds and Turks, some sadistically tortured to death.
Most Turks and Kurds watched in horror—and silence.