Today I read an article from BBC about one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in Turkey. I didn’t find anything from US media. No shock there.
In a small town in southern Turkey, called Gaziantep, near the border of Syria, a child – aged between 12 and 14 – blew himself up at a Kurdish wedding. The most traditional ceremony since mankind’s birth, meant to celebrate life, family, and community, turned host to despicable chaos, destruction, death, hate, and evil.
The blast killed at least 51 people. It injured 69 more, 17 of them seriously.
How do we process something like this? How is this even possible in our world, no matter how dark and destructive it may be sometimes?
The young suicide bomber, just a child, never experienced childhood or the beauty of innocence, having been brainwashed and corrupted by an extreme ideology that epitomizes pure evil incarnate – ISIS.
The president of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogen, who has had a long history of crushing opposition and the independence movement of the Kurd minority in Turkey, blamed ISIS. And almost certainly it was indeed the act of the ruthless terrorist group. Even a power hungry virtual-dictator like Erdogen isn’t capable of such insanity.
ISIS is fiercely fighting the Kurdish people in this on-going battle that will shape the Middle East, potentially for centuries. The Kurds are one of the most effective fighting groups the US has backed in this tumultuous region. Maybe the only capable one. They are hardened fighters, driven by resolve, aspiring to create independence within the region, consolidating their people in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria.
The total Kurdish population in the region is a staggering 28 million, according to the CIA factbook: 14.5 million reside in Turkey, 6 million in Iran, 5 to 6 million in Iraq, and less than 2 million in Syria. This is a large group, more than sufficient to become an independent country, instead of being oppressed throughout the region. They have been fighting for independence in Turkey for decades.
By comparison, Israel has a population of less than 12 million; Palestine is under 5 million. We hear a lot about Palestinian independence in media, and by nearly every US administration; it is a major focus of global policy, and has been for decades, seemingly forever.
It’s time to consider giving the Kurds their own independence. But of course, given Turkey is a key NATO ally, and the constant political and sometimes violent strife within the torn country, the probability of this proposition is practically zero. Unfortunately. Politics of convenience always trumps doing the most humane and right thing. So, the government of Turkey, who has zero motivation to help prevent or quell these ISIS attacks against their mutual political enemy – the Turkish Kurd – will talk the right talk, but lack the bite of meaningful action necessary to protect this minority against terrorism.
It’s ironic and saddening that the very international institutions we have installed in the last century, merely work to entrench established power, rather than liberating people from the bondage of servitude and oppression. It would have been impossible for the thirteen colonies to declare independence from their motherland in 1776 if these same institutions existed then as they do now.
The world is becoming so complex. Answers are not simple, not black and white. It is a function of population and “progress”. The potential for complexity and dynamic interaction is defined by a diminishing exponential mathematical factorial function, denoted by “!”:
Touchpoints = (Population – 1)!
The greater the number of people with the potential to interact, the greater the complexity. The exponential explosion of population, coupled with technology enabling previously isolated population systems to interact is forcing the most rapid disruption to human interaction in our history. The confusion and chaos in our world can be mathematically predicted.
ISIS is losing this war at the moment, and resorting to deadlier and deadlier terrorist attacks. It doesn’t mean this war is about to be ended anytime soon. Far from it. It will go on for decades more, perhaps a century or more, as I’ve wrote previously.
This war on terror has no end game; victory cannot be achieved. It is unwinnable, no matter how many bombs we drop or how many terrorists we kill. And the illusion of the tide of our victory can only increase the ferocity and horror of our world. And we can see that the first casualty is always the loss of innocence.
God help us all.