SHAFAQNA – Once more, Turkey was the victim of a terrifying terror attack this March 19 – yet another reminder that violence has become a language of choice among political factions, ethnic groups or even religious outfits.
At least five people, including the attacker, have been killed, and at least 36 others injured after a suicide bombing rocked the main shopping street in central Istanbul, according to the local governor.
Within minutes of the explosion, Turkish President Recep Erdogan was quick to point an angry finger at the Kurds: the PKK to be precise – a move many have argued plays directly in Ankara’s hands.
Following in the footsteps of many repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, Turkey has used national security to legitimize its oppression of minorities – in this instance the Kurds. In this rationale autocracies continue to abide by, it is often freedom fighters who are demonized, while the state is allowed to run murderous campaigns.
How many times have we heard officials rationalize genocide for national security?
At such a time when the Kurds have called on Ankara to hear their grievances, and heed their calls for self-governance, President Erdogan has worked to portray all Kurds as violent enemies of the state – a mean to an end, which allowed for the brutal crackdown Turkish security forces have carried against all Kurds: including women and children.
In the name of political control, and territorial hegemony minorities’ desperate bid for social justice has been mislabelled under terrorism. And while of course no one can deny that a terror attack did in fact take place, the Kurds are not necessarily to blame. Jumping to such conclusions only serve Ankara’s interests; and this in itself is highly suspicious.
Furthermore, other groups may well have carried the attack: Daesh for example would be a logical suspect.
Again, if Turkey has been keen to wield Terror as a weapon of mass-destabilization against Syria, and to some extent Iraq, it is very possible that Ankara’s radical alliance with Daesh has now come to haunt it. After all the likes of Daesh, and al-Qaeda are not exactly rational when it comes to their thirst for control. What of Turkey’s policies had only serve to make the country vulnerable to a terror takeover? It would not be the first time a stable nation falls victim of the Black Flag Army ….
Turkey’s security flare-up is not a simple case of Terror …
But here is an issue we ought to consider: Terrorism is becoming a rule, rather than an exception.
What is it about our society that pushes groups and individuals to resort to terrorism instead of engaging in talks?
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna