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Suicide bombing in Istanbul tourist district kills 10

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by AroundTheWorld, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. rocketsjudoka

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    If I get the chance to go Turkey again I would. The main reason is a screw you to DAESH but besides that consider that Sultanahmet is the very heart of tourism in Istanbul with thousands of tourist going through there daily so yes this terrorist attack was horrific and my thoughts and sympathy to the victims but still a very rare occurrence. I would be far more worried about getting hassled by rug vendors than I am with terrorism.

    Also as others have noted there are terrorist attacks everywhere. There have been attacks in Ottawa and in Sydney so even going to Australia and Canada isn't 100% safe. Besides Islamic terrorism we still have mass shootings here at movie theaters and shopping malls here in the US. So does that mean we shouldn't go to those places either?

    Danger is everywhere but we should keep those in perspective we certainly should take terrorism seriously but if it gets to the point that we change our way of life we are giving far too much power and importance to them. I for one don't want to give them that power. There is a far greater risk that driving to the airport I will be in a car accident than I will be the victim of a terrorist attack in Istanbul.
     
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    Great post. This is reasonable, and not an overreaction. And as mentioned, it's exactly what the terrorists don't want.

    People would be safer going to Paris, Istanbul, Madrid, Munich, than most are driving to and from work here in the United States.
     
  3. Egemen

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    I'm Turkish and living in Ankara nearly 3 years.
    Just 4 months ago 104 people died in the middle of the Ankara.
    Tbf, I would hesitate about going to Turkey as a tourist but technically danger is everywhere when we talk about terrorism.(Paris attacks comes to my mind for example)

    Wishful thinking but i hope peace and better goverments will come in middle east.
     
  4. ThatBoyNick

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    Absolutely not what I was saying. Don't put those words in to my post, that's your own separate post.
     
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    Oh I'm absolutely NOT at all happy in any way or form with any type of violence or terrorism. I meant to say : I should be happy for the bad reputation that Turkey gets with this but the truth is: don't believe what you hear in the news. Turkey is a vast country. It may be neighbour to Syria but the border is thousands of kilometers away in a region that quite frankly can even be characterised as a different country alltogether.
    Life in Istambul as in the rest of Turkey goes on normally and thousands upon thousands of tourists visit every day without any incidence .( except beware of taxi drivers, notorious thieves). To say that Istambul is a dangerous territory or a destabilised region from one bombing is over the top.

    But again it's YOUR prerogative where you feel safe and where you spend your vacation. I would visit Paris and Brussels now as I would visit the west coast of Turkey and I don't think that's a significant risk upon me.
    I mean Germany and specifically your own small town and neighbourhood are right now in the near vicinity of Syrians refugees and forgive me to say but who knows what else terrorists lurking in the corners.
    It's not a war zone like most of the Middle East is. It's not the same as visiting Afghanistan.
     
  6. malakas

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    Ankara is not Istambul. I would not go to Ankara for vacation. :p And I am not aware of what particular incident you are referring to but is that the people died Kurdish protesters ? I highly doubt any Westerner tourist would go near the vicinity of those areas in the first place.
     
  7. Egemen

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    Yeah i wouldn't go Ankara for vacation either :)

    The incident i mentioned happened 10th October. Suicide bombers hit a rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists and killed 104 of them. It's a biggest terrorist attack in our history.

    IIRC all people who died was a Turkish-Kurdish.
    It happened outside of the Ankara's main train station. Train stations are one of the places that tourist oftenly goes but when we talk about Ankara that possibility is slim,so you have point.
     
  8. malakas

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    Oh yes I know what you are talking about.

    [conspiracy theory : I found that very vvery suspicious and strange why would they hit the kurds. Could be an inside..job? Maybe you are not on liberty to post your honest opinion or you think I'm paranoid but it was extremely suspicious the timing and the specific targets]]

    Anyway I don't think that there are many turists visiting Ankara anyway, and this attack had a clear target, kurds. It wasn't a blind attack or an attack on westerners.
    I don't know. I live very close to Turkey and have frequent contact with Turks. They all seem to lead normal peaceful lives right now. But you are Turk so why would you say that if you were a foreigner you wouldn't visit turkey?
     
  9. AroundTheWorld

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    Erdogan supports ISIS, so, yes.
     
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    [it's not a conspiracy theory. it was an election time in the country and akp(erdogan's party) lost the majority for form a goverment in july elections. so they went an agressive route and started pressure hdp(pro-kurd party). Couple weeks ago before Ankara bombings,there was another bombing in Diyarbakır and a lot people died.So there was a tension all over country at the time and you would expect that police would be in alert for terrorist attacks but they never did. Maybe it's not a clear inside job but they definently didn't act vigilantly enough.PM Davutoglu said something like "we increased our votes in polls after Ankara bombings",so you figure that up what kind of people governs us]

    Country is so divided right now and PKK doesn't help either. Part of the people thinks peace the only way the solve problem but having a terrorist group in your country doesn't really help the issue. Goverment should do better about to protect innocent Kurds but they don't do pretty much anything regarding that issue.

    I said "i wouldn't come Turkey as a tourist" because there is a great danger in the country right know. Both PKK and ISIS have been active lately and you can expect another terrorist attacks(esp. from the ISIS) incoming days.
    ISIS is very active and they regularly attack in bigger citys(Istanbul,Ankara) so unfortunately it's not a good time for the visit Turkey right know.
     

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