Monday, July 28, 2008

[terrorist attack] perhaps

They may well be as claimed by Turkish security:

Police said they believed the attackers were members of a Turkish Sunni fundamentalist group, the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front.
... or they may not. There've been a number of instances of groups being slow to claim responsibility and that smacks of a broader destabilization plan. I always think one must look at the net effect of such a thing - whose attitudes does it harden and why would anyone want those attitudes hardened?

In other words, who are all the groups or countries who stand to gain overall?

I can't see the killing itself as the main object. On the other hand, there is a type of law-unto-himself person who just gets a kick out of seeing the big explosion. The sniper killings in the U.S. spring to mind here.

Might well be wrong.


TBRRob said...

Sadly Turkey -- a relatively stable part of the Islamic world -- has the potential to explode.

Especially if the Kurds gain independence in Iraq.

Andrew Allison said...

It looks more like a random attack now, James. Usually some group would have come out of the woodwork by now and claimed responsibility.

And now there are more threats of bombings at the Olympic Games by - surprise, surprise - an Islamic group wanting independence for Xinjiang.

I don't have any time for Islam and I think the only people who do are liberals and muslims themselves.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Coming on top of the attacks in India at the weekend, I am inclined to imagine a planned set of atrocities this summer.

Andrew Allison said...

Yes, WCL, I have to agree with you.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

This is spawning a post today. Welshcakes began the theme but I'll go on with it.

Anonymous said...

I thought it would be blamed on the P.K.K.[which is not to say it wasn't-merely convenient].
Tbrrob, The Kurds have reason to be upset,given the Turks well documented treatment of them.