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Erdogan Confronts the Near Insanity Of His Opposition

Those who blame Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan for the Reyhanli bombing are immoral and irrational.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu (R) as they meet in Ankara June 24, 2012. Turkey accused Syria on Sunday of shooting down a military plane in international airspace without warning and called a NATO meeting to discuss a response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Amid growing acrimony between the once-friendly neighbours, Syria said its forces had shot dead "terrorists" infiltrating its territory from T

The double bombing in the center of Reyhanli, a Turkish town right near the Syrian border, on May 11 was a watershed event for Turks. With at least 51 casualties — all civillians and random bypassers — this was not only the bloodiest terror attack Turkey has ever seen, it has also proven to be the most controversial one.

It has been controversial because Turks could not agree on who was responsible for the attack. Reyhanli is not just near the border, but is also within the Hatay province which may as well be called "little Syria" — with the almost exact ethnic and religious diversity found in the neighboring Syrian Arab Republic. Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the town has also been a haven for Syrian refugees and even some members of the Free Syrian Army. Based on all this, most observers in Turkey agreed that the bombing has something to do with the war in Syria.

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