October 11, 2015

RIDING THE TIGER:

As Ankara death toll rises, anger mounts against Government for courting disaster (JULIAN DE MEDEIROS, 11 October 2015, OpenDemocracy)

[E]ven if this is Turkey's most deadly terrorist attack - for now - how long will it remain so, as the country's political elite tempts the very forces that threaten to tear it apart? Increasingly, the standard rationale of the War on Terror no longer applies to such attacks. With no group claiming responsibility, the Turkish public's ire has started to turn against its Government. Not only for failing to protect its people, but for actively encouraging the very forces that wreak turmoil and harness civil conflict.

Already conspiracy theories abound. But what is undeniable, is that were it not for the polarizing strategies, the hateful rhetoric, and the devastating foreign policy of the current Government, a public gathering of peaceful activists, unionists, and associations would have been just that - a pleasant Saturday morning. Instead, more than a hundred Turkish citizens had their lives brutally cut short. The Government's position; to feign ignorance and lay the blame on others, has become increasingly untenable. Increasingly, the Turkish public suspects this to be what it is - a tragedy that despite repetition fails to become farce.

Despite the shock of Saturday's massacre, it was an event simultaneously foreseen by many, yet prevented by none. And with less than three weeks to go until the elections, the attacks may herald a striking shift in public attitudes. Instead of blaming foreign fighters already most of the public outcry has been directed against the Turkish Government. Not only for failing to protect its citizens, but for actively courting disaster in the pursuit of political ambitions and petty games. Little wonder, then, that the Government's immediate response was to enforce a media ban throughout Turkey, rather than attending to the needs of its beleaguered citizens.

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