One of the fundamental needs of humankind is to give and receive trust. People need to trust their friends, their neighbors, their fellow citizens and their state. We observe, unfortunately, that people are more and more distrustful toward people they are surrounded by.
In a world where people do not trust other people, they do not trust their state and their states do not trust each other and the risk of conflict grows stronger. The point is, when feelings of distrust and insecurity grow stronger, new security measures are justified, but nobody can assure that tighter security measures will provide a feeling of security. In fact, people feel even more insecure when they notice a lot of visible security measures around them, as they perceive it as proof of imminent danger.
Turkey is in the middle of a region where insecurity is palpable. Terrorist attacks by the PKK or DAESH, ongoing civil wars and unrest in a number of neighboring countries, the growing instability in the international system, and, more recently, the deteriorating relations between Russia and Turkey are provoking a deep sense of insecurity for the Turkish people. Because of this negative atmosphere, ordinary people do not trust each other and politicians also do not trust one another.
Let's look at a concrete example. It is obvious that the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) do not trust each other. It is also clear that other parties do not really trust the HDP either. One may expect that the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would not trust the HDP, which is, for some, a Kurdish nationalist party. It is ideological. We could notice, however, that the main opposition CHP, which represents mostly secular people, similarly does not trust the HDP either.
This is of course not only about the HDP. We know that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has met with the chairmen of the CHP and MHP recently to discuss the issue of a new constitution. The CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu announced to the press before the meeting that he rejects the idea of secrecy and that he will tell the press everything he and his delegation discuss with Davutoğlu. This was a way of insinuating that the CHP believes Davutoğlu talks differently behind closed doors than in front of the cameras. It is obvious that the meeting was marked by a deep feeling of distrust from the beginning.
Similarly, the MHP announced that they intend to record the meeting and make it public when needed. We do not know if the MHP would take the same precaution if they were talking with the CHP, because they seldom talk to each other.
So, political leaders do not trust one and other, but they all agree that the current Constitution, adopted under a military regime, should be changed. They all agree that the problem of terror should be resolved, as well. But how will all this happen when politicians are incapable of working together?
Terrorism, the Kurdish issue, the crisis with Russia and so on, these exacerbate the feelings of insecurity in the Turkish people and these are everybody's problems. That is why it would be nice to see that the representatives of the Turkish people, i.e., our parliamentarians, are able to trust each other, cooperate and think about ways to resolve these problems.
In a country where the legislative body cannot generate any feeling of trust and where people expect the executive to deal with every problem, the two options of either problem remains unresolved, or people keep voting for the party they believe will provide safety.