TURKEY'S FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

TURKEY'S FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

TURKEY’S FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

By Polat Üründül,

The PKK  is becoming a major problem between Turkey and its allies again. Even the refugee crisis is losing its significance when it is compared to the PKK terrorism.

Turkey’s anger against the West is comprehensible since the PKK finds it easier to canvass in Europe. After Turkey has lost thousands of its citizens as an outcome of the PKK terrorism, the Turkish government vowed vengeance. Fighting against the PKK is Turkey’s most natural right, and their western allies should back Turks in this delicate struggle. Once Turkey’s allies figure out what is happening in Turkey, it will be easier for them to champion Turkey’s fight against terrorism.

 

The PKK is not the only terrorist organization which Turkey fights against it. Turkey is also in trouble with other terrorist organizations such as DAESH and FETO. The PKK is trying to disguise by using different names for the purpose of maintaining its legitimacy at the international arena, but a leopard cannot change his spots. The PKK tried to move its armed struggle in Syria to Turkey because the peace process had been finished and the PKK thought that Turkey could be impotent as much as Syria is. Just like the IRA, they attempted an insurrection campaign through urban warfare. They thought that their experience in Syrian towns might help them achieve their goals in Turkish cities in the Eastern Anatolia. After they had dug ditches, the Turkish military's responded to the terrorists very rigorously, and the PKK had to retreat from those towns. When they were escaping from the cities where Kurds are the majority, terrorists burned the houses of civilians and looted Kurdish villages. Selahattin Demirtas, the co-leader of the HDP, summoned civilians to protest the Turkish state which his party sees as an invader force in the eastern part of the country. However; because the PKK's new method led to damages and losses in towns, civilians did not pay enough attention to Demirtas's call. Therefore, another attempt to stir up a trouble was petered out.

 

When the PKK realized that they lost their popularity among the Kurdish citizens of Turkey; they had no chance, but to mobilize their forces to the major cities in the west. The PKK thus began to attack big cities with suicide bombers and vehicles full of explosives just as the IRA did. In order not to lose their legitimacy, they claimed responsibility with different names such as 'TAK'. After all, hundreds of civilians including babies and kids lost their lives as a consequence of the PKK's attacks in the major cities. Sympathies and condolences are not adequate to ease our pain. The West should stand by Turkey in this fight.

 

Both the EU and the UK recognizes the PKK as a terrorist organization. However, that is not enough. Turkey’s western allies should take action and stand with Turkey to deter terrorism in Anatolia. Europe's security begins in Turkey, and any instability in Anatolia may affect the west directly. The EU's demands on Turkey to change its laws to combat terrorism is redundant for now. Because Turkey is fighting against multiple terrorist groups now, and the most of the terrorist incidents happen in the major cities where millions of civilians live. As long as there is no any 'silver bullet' to prevent terrorism and insecurity in our cities, the EU should not interfere with our methods to combat terrorism. Furthermore, the PKK must be deprived of canvassing and lobbying in European countries. Turkey deserves empathy as one of the most important allies of the western countries.

 

Polat Urundul

Polat Urundul

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