Unfortunately, the world we live in is full of horror, full of barbaric acts and full of bloodshed. However, when a terrible event takes place at a location you are close to or familiar with, the effect it has on you is greater. The first thought that popped into my head after hearing about the Ankara tragedy was ‘I hope my friends are all right.’ I was lucky enough to not know any of the deceased. However, many others were not as lucky as I was. Their friends, sons and daughters who had gone to a peace rally were no longer breathing. They were killed in a cowardly bomb attack.
Somebody out there is scared of peace. They are scared because they know that, if people were to unite, they would be stronger than any other force on the globe. They are desperate to prevent this from happening. They will try anything to prevent this and for a long time they have been successful. The divide and rule tactic is so simple yet so effective. Those who are responsible (whether they are politicians who represent corporate interests, nationalists or religious fanatics ) distract attention from themselves by turning people against each other. This situation is described brilliantly in a verse of the Bob Dylan song titled ‘Masters of War’.
In ‘Masters of War’ Bob Dylan sings:
You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion'
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud.
The only way to prevent this from happening over and over again is for us, the people, to facilitate change. Change my not be easy, in fact it is really difficult. However, at the same time it is far from impossible. I quote Joe Rogan, the host of the podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ and say “The quicker we all realize that we've been taught how to live life by people that were operating on the momentum of an ignorant past, the quicker we can move to a global ethic of community that doesn't value invented borders or the monopolization of natural resources, but rather the goal of a happier more loving humanity.” To create such a global community firstly requires victories for people in smaller geographical areas. One such area is Turkey.
Turkey finds itself at a massive turning point. In my opinion things will not stay the same. Things will either get better or worse. If things don’t go well, they will be swept back years into a terribly undemocratic, barbaric state of affairs. To prevent this from happening they must somehow destroy the “ideological time machine” which is slowly but surely transporting them backwards. Good luck to all Turkish comrades, I am thinking about you and willing you forward in your long and difficult path.