First two terrorists from an extremist left-wing group attacked the Court House in Istanbul and killed a prosecutor after holding him hostage for several hours. Just as that was happening, Turks were shocked when there was a total energy failure throughout the country that left most of the country without electricity for more than six hours. Then there was the armed attack against the Istanbul district office of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party. As if that was not enough a suicide bomber tried to attack the Istanbul police headquarters and was killed in a firefight. Another terrorist accompanying the suicide bomber managed to escape but was later arrested.
All these happened in a matter of 48 hours. Was this all a coincidence?
Those who know how things happen in Turkey realize that judging from past incidents these events are not independent of each other and are part of a greater plan to create shockwaves in the minds of the public and create the impression that there is a chaotic atmosphere in the country. The government will say this is a plot by the opposition forces and its adversaries at home and abroad to undermine its authority and give the impression to the public that the government is incapable of handling such a situation.
Some opposition groups on the other hand will claim that the government is actually behind all this, or at least some of it, to create the image that this is the time to forge unity and solidarity among its ranks against a common danger and thus solidify its own AK Party organization that seems to be weakening in recent months.
The fact is that there is a greater plan behind these incidents, and the terrorist organizations being used are actually subcontractors with their own agendas. It is also clear that no government would try to undermine its own authority simply to consolidate its own ranks.
There is a great probability that the adversaries of Turkey in general and the AK Party in particular are behind these events and the terrorists are only being used.
However, those who target Turkey should understand that the days when they can stir up trouble and create political and economic chaos that helps develop an atmosphere ripe for the military or any other kind of intervention are over.
They have to leave the task for the Turkish nation that it is the supreme and sovereign power that has proven its deep wisdom in the elections. If the people are unhappy with the AK Party they will display this at the polls in a very meaningful manner that neither the government nor President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can dispute.
Toying with the country's order and trying to create havoc will only be counterproductive and will lead to the people rallying behind the AK Party and President Erdoğan.
The incidents in recent days have also shown to us the need to review the security apparatus in Turkey where the private security firms have been emerging as a major factor. The private security firms are not doing a good job, especially if you give them the duty to protect airports, state offices and court houses. President Erdoğan is right in criticizing this system and it is time such duties were given back to the police force.