The Islamic State’s New Year’s Eve bombing of an upscale nightclub in Istanbul has fuelled culture wars in Turkey and Israel
The twin attacks on Saturday killed 44 people.
The recent string of terrorist attacks in Muslim-majority cities, including Dhaka, Istanbul, Baghdad and Medina, have left the ummah, or Muslim community, bleeding. The suspected culprit of the attacks is the so-called Islamic State. (continued)
ISTANBUL -- Everywhere -- in the lounge, on the bus to the plane -- passengers talk to each other of close calls and changed plans at the last minute, which probably saved their lives.
ISIS is neither about the tenets of Islam nor helping Muslims. It's about power: militants will slaughter as many people as possible -- especially Muslims -- to achieve that which they so desperately crave. So let's be clear about one thing: No one wants to see ISIS defeated more than the Muslims who bury loved ones daily because of the horror ISIS is waging upon them.
ISTANBUL -- Turkey's strategy of supporting the Salafi factions in Syria, and its huge public relations machinery that praised the fighters, normalized Salafism in the eyes of many ordinary, pious Sunni Turks.
President Tayyip Erdogan says the incident is "completely within the framework" of the militant group.
"Present at the Creation" is the title Dean Acheson, the famed American secretary of state from 1949-1953, gave to his memoir, which recounts the vision and construction of the post-World War II institutions of global order. In that same era, French diplomat Robert Schuman, considered "the father of Europe," planted the seeds of European integration that have grown for the last several decades into a club of 28 countries with a population of 500 million. Brexit marks an historic turn of the tide. Today, we are present at the unraveling of those grand institutions that have outlived their capacity to deliver and lost the allegiance of their publics. (continued)
ISTANBUL -- Many a curious tourist had wandered in this city in the last millennia, and I wondered how it would be like for me to wander along the city's new outreaches. Those plans disappeared by 10:00 p.m, when like Istanbul locals and tourists, I was reminded that Istanbul was now a city ruled by terror.
The sooner we understand this principle and begin to build society accordingly, the sooner we will change the course of our lives. Our future depends on this decision--not just our happiness, but our very physical survival. So the sooner we begin to connect, the better. This is our only true and lasting protection against terror and war.