There is one question that comes to mind right away: How did the preparations for this important attack go undetected by Turkish intelligence services? It is of crucial importance to use intelligence in armed conflict, including the one we are calling terror but which looks like a war with every passing day. There are other questions too: Why are there still outposts in areas that are impossible to defend or why are insufficiently trained soldiers still being sent to high-risk areas?
These questions have been asked for many years, but satisfying answers are still lacking. Following every major PKK attack, tanks or warplanes are sent to the region, but this doesn’t help to put an end to the terror.
It’s almost certain that the current reaction of the Turkish authorities is exactly what the PKK was expecting. While the armed conflict continues, the PKK and Turkey can’t be forced to accept “civilian” solutions. So, both sides manage to refuse calls for more democracy or more human rights. This atmosphere gives them the opportunity to delay their own restructuration, which is more than necessary.
However, things can’t go on like this forever. There is no doubt that several countries support the PKK’s actions, including perhaps Syria and Iran. But even these countries can’t go on indefinitely adopting aggressive policies towards Turkey.
Those who currently support the PKK, those who provide them with the weapons and intelligence, must see that maybe one day the PKK will turn its weapons against them. The PKK’s current purpose is to distance Turkey from Syria and to prevent the Iraqi Kurds from concluding a deal with Ankara. One mustn’t believe that the PKK is trying to start some sort of Arab Spring among Turkey’s Kurds, because even though Iraqi or Syrian Kurds are advancing towards wider autonomy or even independence, the PKK attacks are not sufficient enough to do the same in Turkey. Besides, the PKK is far from being an organization that can bring any kind of democracy to anyone.
The PKK attacks make it impossible for Kurds to live in peace with better conditions and by enjoying their democratic rights. After every attack, Ankara adopts a more militaristic approach. Following every attack, we feel a growing current in Turkey and claims that human rights must be put aside for now. At the same time, the Bagdad government talks about launching war against Massoud Barzani.
Those who pretend to fight in order to help the Kurds gain their rights are in fact the reason why Kurds can’t enjoy their rights. At the end, people die every day in the Middle East, and it seems that they will continue to die if nothing changes. These conditions don’t serve the interests of the Middle Eastern populace. But it seems that these conditions help other people’s interests elsewhere in the world. In other words, the PKK, while causing the death of Kurds, is making sure that some other people live happily in other parts of the planet.
To “live happily” refers mostly to economic welfare. The PKK’s actions are maybe part of a master plan that serves some third countries’ economic interests. Even if all the Kurds in all the countries in the region become independent, this sad situation will continue. Because one of the essential goals of the PKK is to make sure that Turkey remains busy at home. So the PKK attacks will continue no matter what. And even if they establish an independent state, the Kurds will never be left alone by foreign powers outside the region. The PKK, for example, is already too dependent on them.