Obviously, there is an attempt to undermine Turkey at the moment by shaking it from all sides. The PKK attack that took place in Kayseri last Saturday morning, the PKK attack that occurred in Istanbul one week ago, and the arrest of dozens of suicide bombers before detention cannot be thought of separately from what is happening in our immediate vicinity.
The ever-intensifying war in Syria indicates that the world is heading toward a breaking point. A dictator, who is being overtly supported by Russia and Iran, has killed more than 100,000 people over the past six years. The West watched these killings. As the chaos grew in Syria, the number of terrorist organizations has almost reached the number of people in the country. And our immediate vicinity has turned into a factory of blood and violence. The unstable and dishonorable policies of Western countries, and especially the U.S., have played a great part in this.
Now, they want to drag us into this huge fire in Syria in an attempt to expand the territory. While I was writing this article, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, died as a result of a dark assassination. Although the attacker pretended to be a jihadist, all indicators point to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ). He was found to have ties to FETÖ and his name was on the list. Obviously, this attack aimed to pit Russia and Turkey against each other and nourish the existing environment of fear and chaos. It seems FETÖ elements, which are still hiding within the state, were used to this end. As you remember, it was revealed that FETÖ had a hand in the downing of a Russian fighter jet last year – which resulted in a challenging period in Turkish-Russian relations. In brief, the PKK, Daesh and FETÖ, which seems to still be hiding within the state, are trying to undermine Turkey.
On the other hand, apart from the fact that no crimes against humanity in Syria are not accounted for, the perpetrators are becoming dominant powers with the West's approval again. This might result in a new rebellion, revolt and creative destruction both in the Islamic world and the West. As far as I can see, since concepts like humanism and human rights, which are proposed by the West, are being extremely strategically instrumentalized,, the West has begun lifting up its voice. Last Sunday alone, the Washington Post published an article titled "Aleppo's Fall is Obama's Failure," chastising the U.S.'s Syrian policy. The same day, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published another article, saying that a wave is emerging against hypocrisy and the atrocities in Syria and the West's incapacity on the issue. The voices of reason are gradually rising from the West. I believe such voices might create a wave similar to the anti-war wave that rose after the My Lai massacre that was revealed by Seymour Hersh during the Vietnam war. This wave emerged because of the U.S.'s war crimes there. Now, it is likely to emerge as a result of the rebellion against the U.S. sitting back and watching the perpetration of similar crimes.
In Turkey, the aim is to undermine the state's dominance through the PKK and Daesh and help these organizations by using FETÖ from the inside. The PKK clearly declared that it no longer has the aim of seeking a basis or pursuing a cause in Turkey. It is nourished by the Syria war in terms of both arms and objectives. Recently, it has been using suicide bombers that it recruited from among young people with no criminal records who live in cities. In other words, the losses it suffers as a result of the Turkish Armed Forces' (TSK) operations on the mountain cannot prevent it from finding bombers. It aims to make Kurds unable to live in metropolises and provoke Turks against Kurds. In this respect, the Middle East looks like a region that can easily become a hot spot. The attacks on the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters and the attempted attack on the Republican People's Party's (CHP) youth branches president soon after the attack support this argument. The environment is so hazy that the PKK might secretly mingle with society and incite Turks against Kurds in a nationalist disguise. Although this is the goal, these attacks cause great rapprochement and integration in society. The luckiest point we have in Turkey today is the fact that the possibility of a social conflict is very slight and society has a common attitude toward terrorism. If this picture changes, things might reach a very dangerous point. This is what those who want to weaken Turkey and turn it into a Syria are aiming to do.