Deadly Turkish blasts are terrorism 'coming home to roost’
A march on Saturday in the Turkish capital of Ankara by a group of left-leaning political groups was hit by explosions, believed to be carried out by suicide bombers, that left at least 95 people dead and scores wounded. The attack comes ahead of national elections scheduled for November 1. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced three days of national mourning for the country.
RT: Turkish journalists have been telling us that there was lack of security at this rally. So how much is the government responsible for the tragedy?
Ibrahim Alloush: Well, I am very sorry for the victims of the bombings and their families. I offer my condolences. But in fact, this is a case of “the chickens coming home to roost.” The Turkish government and Erdogan has been supporting terrorism in Syria for the last several years. It’s been the pathway for terrorists and arms into Syria and Iraq for the last four to five years.
As a result, we have these bases that were formed along the Turkish-Syrian border and the Turkish-Iraqi border in which you have the incubators for intensifying terrorism and radicalizing terrorist elements. We were always warning the Turkish government that they’re playing a dangerous game and as a result this is going to backfire on Turkey itself.
RT: It's also been reported that the blasts targeted Kurdish protesters. Why do you think that's the case? Who in your opinion is behind this attack?
IA: I don’t think people take that very seriously because it claimed it’s going to be bombarding ISIS, but in fact this was a cover to attack the Kurds. The Turkish government continues to supply weaponry, training, logistical support to terrorist groups – be it ISIS or kindred souls in Syria. Speaking about the moderate opposition, this is a different in degree, not a difference in kind. If you look at those groups, they are basically, quintessentially anti-modernist and not pro-democracy or pro anything. They just want to take history back to some golden age that never really existed.
As a result, they decided that they have to destroy modern society and restructure the world according to their own medieval vision of reality. This is basically what the Turkish government was incubating for the last few years and if you look at the sequence that was taking place, suddenly al-Qaeda became a moderate group because it hatched another group that is more fundamentalist and more medieval. As a result, the US is beginning to talk to groups that are less medieval than ISIS, and terming those groups as moderates, which I think is idiotic.
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