Do we have social policies against terrorism? - KEMAL ÖZTÜRK

Do we have social policies against terrorism?

The government is lacking something in its fight against terrorism. This article will be on that particular matter.

Terror attacks have technical features that are repetitive. The bomb set-ups have distinctive designs and the bullets have a distinctive mark. These marks allow security forces to determine the organizations using them, thus prevent them from organizing new attacks and help security forces catch the organization members.

But, how can the marks terrorism causes in social life be traced? Obviously the murderer who attacked Reina wasn't only aiming to kill innocent people. The organization that sent him there, the power that feeds that organization, clearly prepared mechanisms to destruct social life with these murders too.

Let's read on to understand how that works.

The bombs terrorism throws at social life

After our police officers were attacked by the PKK in Beşiktaş, and our soldiers in Kayseri, we suddenly saw thugs praising these incidents. Then some started to attack the Kurdish-Turkish fault line. Hundreds insulted Kurds and hundreds insulted Turks on social media. Others attacks Kurdish workers, party office and workplaces.

When Aleppo fell and our soldiers lost their lives during Operation Euphrates Shield, some started to jump with joy which caused others to go insane. Then thousands of hidden identities raided social media in order to cause motion in the Alevi-Sunni fault line. Alevis were attacked in their homes and workplaces. This was followed by strange people going to Turkish coffee houses and trying to provoke the people.

Daesh murdered our people in Gaziantep, the airport and then Reina. Then came out the thugs who praised this act. Some started to attack the secular-religious fault line and cause a quake. This was followed by those swearing at the secular groups and these insulting the religious ones.

Don't you think that these are the bombs that are attempted to be detonated in the social field by terrorism? The only thing that is preventing these from succeeding is the discernment the society has. There is no other reason.

Why don't we have a social policy against terrorism?

Well, if the government has a security concept to deal with terrorism, doesn't this need to have a social policy against terrorism within it? Absolutely yes! Well, do we currently have a social policy, strategy or concept? Not that I know of.

Why doesn't our government, which immediately provides the needs, ammunition, weapons and laws during its fight on against terrorism, develop a social policy against terrorism? Meaning, we all know that the real aim of terrorism wasn't to kill innocent people having fun in Reina. There real aim was to create tension and conflict in the society through this bloodshed. Then why don't we have a social policy that contains fields like communication, culture, education, media, psychology, sociology?

Coming to the crime scene, visiting the families of the wounded and the deceased, and attending their funerals are appropriate actions. Calling for common sense on social media, starting trends like #Provakasyonagelme (don't be provoked) and retweeting the president's tweets are good things too. But these don't solve the problems, these are not enough, these do not prevent the destruction terrorism has on the society.

This country has experts on terrorism. It also has academics who write about the effects of terrorism on social life. This country has people who have the knowledge to speak about terrorism and communication. We need a state will that can bring all of the above together.

The society should be educated on fighting terrorism

I see the apprehension, anxiety and anger of the people I come across in streets, in the field, in conferences and in television programs. I see their desire to do something and their desperation. The society is ready to protect its state, but they need someone to tell them what to do. Because no one is doing so, they unburden themselves via Facebook and Twitter. Others go out into the streets, react and create an uproar.

The state needs to teach the society their rights and how to stand against terrorism. It is imperative that we make reforms in our education system starting from primary school. We need to educate our children from an early age to ensure that they don't become members of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Daesh.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said something on the lines of “We should fight with the National Mobilization Spirit.” I called some of my friends who work in the Presidential Office and said that the president's statement was good but it shouldn't remain as talk and that it should be turned into a national campaign. I also added that the nation would absolutely support this. Everyone said that this was a good idea, but no one seemed to act.

The duty of the Ministry of Social Policies

The Ministry of Family and Social Affairs should do exactly this. Yes, it is good that our minister visits the wounded together with our president and our prime minister. But our minister needs to develop bigger projects and stronger social policies. Because this is the mission of the ministry.

People are affected by the erroneous news on social media. This should not be overlooked. Two ignorant psychopaths can make thousands of people hate their state, their nation, their flag by praising the Reina, Beşiktaş and Kayseri attacks.

We can't just say, “Well they shouldn't.” This is not how a state should act. The state discriminates against nobody who praises terrorism, pulls them out of the society and prevents them from destroying it.

The police forces should have arrested all those who tried to create tension in secular groups by using the Santa Clause typology. Since they didn't arrest all these provocateurs, they are now perceived as if they accept this thought. Some people actually believe this.

We need a strong social policies concept prepared by experts. We need to do this urgently, at once and without making excuses.


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