Let's get something straight: Unless you're Parisian, French, or live(d) there, no, you are not Paris. To be Parisian -- to be from anywhere, really -- is to understand the cultural complexities of that identity that cannot be subsumed or learned with a pithy solidarity meme on social media.
Living in Turkey today means going out into the street and not fearing death more than you would on any given day. Living in Turkey means trying not to live with the realization that you are living in a war zone under the pretense that it's a civilized place.
The group described the car bombing as "vengeful action" for security operations in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
"These people are no different. They just happen to be Turkish."
Some people say the embassy's pre-emptive warning proves the Turkish government's incompetence. Others suspect the U.S. government is in cahoots with Kurdish militants.
If Erdogan doesn't act now, he will soon not be able to control the violence currently sweeping Turkey. If he continues to push towards an executive presidency with himself in the seat, he will be a man with considerable power -- except the power to force a violent genie back into its bottle.