I would like to ask my friends in Brussels what would happen if a German prosecutor was taken hostage and killed by militants of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in his office, if German police caught a freelance journalist who is a Turkish citizen in the operations they launched into RAF cell houses, and if it was revealed that he worked for Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MİT).
I imagine that the EU would issue very harsh statements against Turkey. European Parliament (EP) deputies would demand the end of Turkey's membership process again. In Germany, media and political institutions would declare Turkey an enemy as a country supporting terrorists in Germany.
In such a case, I would say they would be right.
But when the terrorist attacks that took place in Turkey last week are in question, the EU and EP remain silent for some reason. However, all the things I mentioned in my hypothetical example above really happened. Terrorists killed a prosecutor and attacked Istanbul's main police station.
Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was taken hostage at his office in a courthouse by two militants of the outlawed terrorist organization, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which is an outlawed group in Germany as well under the title of Revolutionary Left (Dev Sol). During the negotiating process, which lasted for hours, a gunshot was heard. Upon hearing it, police had to launch an operation, but they could not save the prosecutor, since the militants chose to kill the prosecutor and to be killed by the police as a result of an order issued by their leader in Greece. The next day, a female assailant attacked the main Istanbul police station with two grenades and a rifle. She was shot dead after injuring two police officers.
When Istanbul police raided DHKP-C cell houses after the incidents, they detained a suspect named Stephan Shak Kacynski, 52, who has a U.K. passport. He is allegedly a German spy of Polish origin. He was revealed to have acted as a courier by using his freelance journalist identity between DHKP-C leaders and militants based in Greece and Turkey in 1996, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014. It is also alleged that he came to Turkey twice in 2015 and was involved in the planning of three terrorist attacks. After a detailed investigation, Turkish intelligence units announced that they identified him as the person who enabled contact between the DHKP-C and the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND). According to claims, he was conveying orders between the group's European wing and Turkey. Moreover, he allegedly provides financial aid to the organization, according to intelligence sources.
If even half of these claims are true, it should be a complete scandal for the EU.
But for some reason, the EU, EP and Germany have remained silent.
Besides, the DHKP-C is listed among outlawed terrorist organizations in Germany under the name Dev Sol. Interpol and Europol have detailed information and analyses about this terrorist organization. So it is not difficult for them to take action against it since they control its every move.
However, the DHKP-C is allowed to freely act in many EU countries, which is confusing. Are we not against all kinds of terrorist activities? Or are there some terrorist organizations protected and guarded by the EU?
Here we come across Greece as a country that is used by the DHKP-C as its headquarters. Unable to pay salaries even to its state officials, Greece presents all kinds of support to this terrorist organization. Greece, where a DHKP-C training camp is located, is also an EU country.
It is also known among intelligence units of EU countries that the countries including Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, France and Italy are home to many DHKP-C militants.
The intelligence agencies of the countries I listed above are somehow not willing to take the required security measures to prevent the organization harming Turkey, even though they constantly monitor the DHKP-C and know their plans to attack Turkey.
A group of leaders of the DHKP-C is based in Greece. Another group of superiors is completely under the control of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate, a dangerous intelligence agency led by Syrian President Bashar Assad. They have attempted to cause a stir in Turkey with the violent attacks they organized in the country. In brief, the DHKP-C is acting as a courier that fulfills the demands of larger organizations. How can the EU and EP allow this organization to freely act in their territories?
Are they not supposed to set an example to the rest of the world since they claim to represent exemplary models of democracy and law?
Why do EP deputies remain silent in the face of the fact that a terrorist organization acting as a courier for the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate uses Greece as its headquarters?
Why doesn't anyone in the EP submit a motion to the European Commission on this subject?
Why do the EP deputies of Belgium, Germany, Greece and other EU countries not feel the need to investigate the claims alleging that they provide support to a terrorist organization in Turkey?
Is this not a double standard?
The EU and EP are undermining their own credibility in eyes of the public.
Willy Brandt's demand for "more democracy" should be urgently fulfilled by the EU.