Terrorist bombings in Turkey

11.20.03

Today’s horrific bombings in Turkey aimed at British targets claimed the lives of 27 people and wounded hundreds. But they also did much more than that.

The terrorist networks carrying out these attacks are showing a marked shift in tactics. They’re looking to operate in countries not traditionally associated with terrorism, but where they can still gain a foothold – such as Morocco or Indonesia and now Turkey. And they’re also progressively upping the ante with their targets. Last weekend, they targeted Jews. Today they targeted the British. Who will be tomorrow’s target?

Martin Niemoller’s famous Holocaust-era quote comes to mind:

First they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left to speak out for me.

They come for the Jews first, because there are far too few in the world willing to speak out for the Jews. But the terrorists have become emboldened. They are realizing they can take on the Australians, like in Bali, or the British, like in Turkey, or even the Americans, like on 9/11.

Us Canadians tend to think like Niemoller did: nobody will ever come for us, we figure, because we make nice with everyone and do our fence-sitting act and don’t piss anyone off. So we have the luxury of not speaking out.

But if we don’t react when they come for the Jews, and for the Americans, and for the Australians, and for the British… who will speak for us when it’s our turn?

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1 joe 11.22.03 at 12:47 AM

First they came for the young Paslestiunian males, and I did not speak out because I was not a young Palestinian male.

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