The Climate Fostered by Terrorism

The Climate Fostered by Terrorism
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Terrorists don't want the country to think about its future, to discuss its social, political and economic problems in a healthy and peaceful manner. Terrorism is nothing less than the sabotage of democracies.

As a nation, we have lost many civilians in the recent terror attacks in Turkey. While the targets in these attacks appear to be security forces, everyone knows that terrorists are targeting civilians, as well.  The country is in a state of mourning, people are anxious, sad and even angry. Unfortunately, it's almost certain that the terrorist attacks will continue. People are not only sad and angry; they are also frightened for themselves and for their loved ones.

The treacherous people committing these atrocities, and those who stand behind them, don't care about our sadness. In fact, they are probably celebrating our anger, and aim to keep us afraid.

A country that is being frequently attacked in such a cowardly manner will naturally react as strongly as possible. Thus, we know the fight against terrorism will intensify.  However, terrorist organizations will not ignore this. On the contrary, they want the government to adopt stricter and harsher measures in the hope that it will enhance the country's security.

A sad, angry and frightened society will be less inclined to think rationally. Those who talk about tolerance or common sense will not be heard. Terrorists don't want the country to think about its future, to discuss its social, political and economic problems in a healthy and peaceful manner. Terrorism is nothing less than the sabotage of democracies. A country hit by terrorism so frequently can only think about revenge and its own suffering.

Terrorist attacks push Turkey to be more securitarian, more nationalist, albeit a less-secure country. Divergent social segments, ethnic or religious groups, people with different lifestyles, start to suspect each other as deep feelings of distrust settle. That's exactly what the terrorists want.

The poisonous atmosphere imposed on Turkey is not beneficial for the international system. No one needs another securitarian country, paralyzed by daily terrorist attacks, as we already see too many cases of this in the Middle East as it is. In other words, no one wants to see another situation similar to Syria in Turkey. The international system is already in a lot of trouble with destabilized Middle Eastern countries, such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. It's hard to believe that the system's great powers would want another country like those at their doorstep.

Moreover, it's clear that the country's political atmosphere, which is being poisoned by terrorism, will not help in dealing with the Kurdish situation in accordance with human rights and fundamental freedoms. To the contrary, such an unstable atmosphere is blocking any possible solution.

In the eyes of the international public audience, Turkey is seen more and more as a victim. Most countries now admit that Turkey has to fight against terrorism in every way that it can.

However, despite fighting and receiving support to eliminate the terror groups, terrorist organizations have proven very difficult to eradicate. One can, however, limit the organizations' ability to maneuver, implementing restrictions on national and international levels. For this, Turkey needs the help from its allies, creating an atmosphere where terrorist attacks would not only be targeting Turkey, but its allies and partner countries, as well.   

Some countries are aware of this truth, while some do not care. The point is, the Turkish people do notice who is helping and who is not; and will not forget. Turkey's collective memory is quite strong indeed, and foreign powers who fail this test will be remembered.

Source: dailysabah.com