PKK stirring up trouble in both the eastern and southeastern provinces as well as the loss of a Turkish soldier in a clash may signal a new disturbing trend
The bombing in the southeastern township in Suruç in the Şanlıurfa province on Monday left 32 dead and a hundred wounded... The same day a clash between the militant units and the PKK militants left one non-commissioned officer dead and two others wounded. Last but not least on Wednesday 2 police officers, of the rapid reaction force and one of the anti-terrorism department, were found dead in their homes shot in the head in the Ceylanpınar township of Şanlıurfa...The young people who died in Suruç were left-wing activists and mainly university students who were on their way to Kobani in northern Syria. They had gathered toys, books, and other material for the children of Kobani and wanted to open a library there. Two days later we learn that two police officers have been assassinated in their homes in execution style in the same province. Someone is trying to stir up the southeastern provinces and escalate the violence to push us back into the era of terrorism.
The clashes between the military units and the PKK that left one soldier dead are also disturbing developments. Let us hope it is an isolated mishap and not and escalation of PKK violence. For some time we have been observing that the PKK has been stirring up trouble in the eastern and southeastern provinces, burning trucks, beating up drivers and harassing the locals. This may be seen as a sign of impatience on the part of the PKK militants who have seen the peace and reconciliation process stall in Turkey in recent months. But the loss of a Turkish soldier in a clash may also signal a new disturbing trend.
The casualties in recent days are all beloved lives that we have lost in a time span of three days. We as a nation should mourn them all. Yet it seems some people in Turkey do not share this view. They still are motivated by polarization and discord.
We as a nation should cry for the left-wing activists as well as the soldier and the policeman. Yet it seems some people prefer to cry for the left-wing youths but turn their backs on the martyred soldier and the policemen while others seem to mourn for the death of security personnel but not for the Suruç victims. This is all wrong.
We all have to realize that those who are plotting to create discord and divisions in Turkey are usually behind all the deaths and use their subcontractors to do their dirty work.
So we need to put our house in order as soon as possible. We need to confront the challenges of a potentially dangerous and explosive situation and this can only be done with a viable and stable government and not a caretaker government. Those in power gave to speedily take measures to halt the escalation of violence that can get out of hand very quickly.
It seems whoever is behind the current incidents want to create a violent atmosphere and thus prevent the possibility of early elections. This serves the Kurdish political movement in Turkey more than anyone else. The leaders of the Kurdish political movement do not want early elections where they may lose votes and thus they want a coalition government under which they can politically prosper.
So while analyzing the current mess people can accuse religious fanatics for the bombing but then when you consider that it is the Kurdish political movement and the PKK that gains out of all this some alarm bells start ringing in the minds...