The huge tremor caused by the bloody terrorist attack in France continues. Two individuals, who had been followed by French intelligence for quite some time, attack the headquarters of a magazine and kill 12 people. It is strange that both find nothing wrong with leaving their identification cards in the car they abandoned. The suicide bomber in Istanbul did the same. We are faced with an intricately planned global terrorist attack. Finding out why they carried it out is more important than catching the culprits.
The fact is that in both the East and the West, the political groundwork of a bleak structure that produces such murderers has been fed for some time. Just having a look at what has been happening in the past decade is enough to see this. Global powers are doing everything possible to put a stop to the change in the Islamic World, rejecting even a semblance of democratization.
Meanwhile in Europe, xenophobia and Islamophobia is rising. I have with me a book named "the Social Democratic Sentiments in World Agenda," published by the Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV) based in Turkey.
I don't know whether social democrats in Turkey deem the book, edited by Aydın Çıngı and Muharrem Açıkgöz, worthy of their time. It consists of articles published in 2010 in the German-based journal "New Society-Frankfurt Notebooks." In one of these articles, Kai Hafez analyzes "Islamophobia in Europe and its Social Consequences." Some of his conclusions are like a harbinger of what we are going through today. "The gap between the liberal political life, which secures freedoms, and the European societies that in reality are quite intolerant is widening. This may transform into a serious threat to liberal democracy."
According to Hafez, there are encouraging signs emanating from France and the United Kingdom toward Muslims but the state of affairs in Germany and Holland are ominous. Could this be the reason why France was chosen as a terrorist target? Global powers are especially good at exploiting these political developments in the West and the political rot in the Muslim world.
The Washington bureau chief of Al Arabiya, Hisham Melhem, wrote an article titled "Barbarians in our Midst" a few months ago that focused particularly on this matter. Melhem wrote, "No theory or paradigm is enough to explain what went wrong in the Arab world in the past century," and continued: "Arabic nationalism, in its Baathist and Nassersit forms, many Islamist movements, Arabic socialism, exploitative states and hungry monopolies left behind a series of broken societies. No theory can explain how Egypt, which at one point was the political and cultural center of the Arab world, has become marginalized and how hard the short and painful political change they experienced was before the military once again took over."
Melhem described terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and al-Qaida as the region's tumors and summarizes how the entire region is pushed toward a dead end. "The Arab nationalists and Islamists of my generation were told to protect the Arab world against innumerable barbarians. Imperialists, Zionists and the Soviet Union were among these barbarians and were pushing against our borders. However, no one told us these barbarians were actually within our borders, spoke our language and had roots in our cities."