Following DAESH's terror attacks in Ankara, the latest car bombing in the city now organized by the PKK is proof of Turkey's solidarity in the fight against terror
It is not the biggest city in Turkey, It is not the prettiest and it is not one of the oldest. It does not have any real historic tradition and it was not a strategic place in Ottoman times.
It has been the capital city of the Republic of Turkey since its inception. It is the symbol of our social contract, regime and livelihood. It remains at the center of Turkish politics. It hosts the "sacred" reference of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's mausoleum, together with all the highest level administration centers.
The administration and the young Republic's intelligentsia have tried to give Ankara much-needed social and political relief. Songs have been composed: "Ankara, beautiful Ankara/ All with heavy hearts want to see you/ All in need expects help from you."
Ankara today remains our honor as the heart of the Republic that was established on the ruins of a centuries-old empire. Ankara is our reference and it remains our essence as citizens of the Republic, whatever our political ideas might be.
First in October and second in February, two incredibly deadly terror attacks were perpetrated in Ankara. Together they caused the deaths of 150 people, mostly civilians. They took place in very important centers of the capital city. One was just in front of the main train station, the other in one of the most strategic parts of the city, at the crossroads of military high command buildings.
On Sunday evening, a third and very deadly terror attack happened in one of the most frequented places of the city. Güvenpark and Kızılay Square are like Piccadilly Circus in London or Place Saint Michel in Paris. This time, the attack did not target any political manifestation or any government building. This was carried out in front of much frequented bus stops on a Sunday evening to kill as many people as possible.
It is very hard to find correct terms to define one's indignation and anger. In a matter of six months there have been three deadly terror attacks in the heart of Turkey. All three attacks have been perpetrated by suicide bombers. All three of them were carefully prepared and put into effect without the security forces being able to prevent them at any stage.
The first attack was not claimed by anyone, although it looked very much like DAESH's modus operandi. DAESH never claims any attack in Turkey anyway. The second attack was claimed by a lesser-known Kurdish organization whose name was not heard often until the criminal event. The assassination of more than 30 people was definitely beyond the operational capacities of any known terror organization. The third and last attack was also a suicide bombing, and though no group has yet claimed responsibility, it was perpetrated with virtually the identical method as the February bombing.
After a suicide bombing, authorities can hardly trace the perpetrators because they are blown to pieces while performing their ghastly, inhuman mission. In February, the identity of the suicide bomber was made public very quickly, but it turned out to be another person. This time, there perhaps might not be enough evidence to trace the criminals, because the blast was so powerful that there is practically no chance to find enough body parts.
Three very deadly terror attacks in six months in the heart of Ankara are too many for any government. It is worth remembering that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power back in the 2003 elections mainly because the earthquake in 1999 and the financial crises in 2000 and 2001 that showed the total inefficiency and feebleness of the state administration and political parties.
The government, administration, military, security forces and state intelligence services owe a very clear and persuasive explanation to the Turkish public. Otherwise, we are heading toward very visible and deep security turmoil. Nobody can evaluate the consequences of such instability in the not-too-distant future.