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HASAN KANBOLAT

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HASAN KANBOLAT
February 04, 2013, Monday

DHKP/C in a pot of honey

With security units at work, details surrounding the recent suicide bombing on the US Embassy in Ankara have begun to emerge. Some critical information concerning the bomber in question, Ecevit Şanlı, has also been obtained. According to statements made on the issue, it appears that the bomber was linked to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) and that the real target was the peace process.

The first result of the attack will certainly be that the US Embassy in Ankara will move to a safer spot. It is expected that the necessary authorization for this will be given this year. For a long time now, there was a desire to move the US Embassy, which is currently located on a flat spot in the center of Ankara, to a hilly area more like that of the US Consulate General in İstanbul, which is located in the hilly area of İstinye. In recent years, US embassies around the world have begun moving to spots overlooking the cities in which they serve, making them almost like chateaus from the Middle Ages.

Even young children playing on the streets of Ankara know that the DHKP/C (formed in 1994) is not just some autonomous leftist organization. The Revolutionary Left (Devrimci Sol or Dev Sol) was an organization actually formed in 1978 in order to create a reason for the military intervention of Sept. 12, 1980. And ever since the DHKP/C was formed as an extension of Dev Sol, it has functioned both as a type of subcontractor and as a tool for intelligence organizations as well as for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Just because militants like Şanlı -- who believe so wholeheartedly in these organizations -- are willing to sacrifice themselves does not mean the DHKP/C is not guided and controlled by others.

Considering that handheld bombs and in particular TNT explosives are not sold in local bakkals (corner stores) throughout Ankara and cannot be prepared without extensive training, it is clear that there were some deep ties necessary for this incident to occur. We are not looking at passive cells here. What there are instead are active cells, cells which examine carefully every motion and whose sensors are triggered into action as a result of movements. Considering the many honey pots in Ankara and İstanbul that are made up of publication offices and civil society organizations that keep tabs on radical organizations, how were the flies of the DHKP/C able to fly so freely and land on their targets? How is this possible?

Patience. Cheetahs after all know how to focus on their prey and will lie in wait for their targeted prey, even when they are very hungry. Cheetahs also know that when they catch their prey, they cannot rip it apart wherever they want to. So which intelligence agencies lay in wait for their prey? And has the prey not been torn apart even if caught? Was the attack just a warning flame?

Of course there was anti-Americanism in this recent attack. But then why was this attack carried out by a leftist organization that does not elicit much sympathy from Turks and the poor streets of the Muslim world and not by an anti-American radical Islamic organization that some factions of Turks and the poor streets of the Muslim world would support? In brief then, who was it that did not want this attack to arouse much sympathy among people?

The idea that the DHKP/C is being used by Syria or Iran in response to Turkey's stance on Syria or its alliance with the US seems very unlikely. This is because for both Syria and Iran, Turkey is not really a foreign country. At the same time, though, when something barks like a dog, looks like a dog and bites like a dog, it is most likely a dog.

The attack against the US Embassy in Ankara was an attack that reflects a secret game within a game in the Middle East. There were also mistakes made by intelligence sources that played a role here. The first thing that needs to happen is to understand the damage done. But true wisdom derives from being able to distinguish what is true from what is false in all this.