6-30: In Their Own Words

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

No surprise that CNN’s lead article Wednesday is about the triple suicide bombing in Istanbul Tuesday. Their headline reads

Istanbul terror attack witness: ‘It was like hell’

In a sober, sedate discussion of heaven and hell, even their existence, hell is a word that means the “worst.” For George Orwell’s Winston Smith in 1984, hell was the fear of being bitten (eaten?) by a rat. Exposed to a rat in a cage positioned over his face, Smith encounters his hell; it is real. His total horror plunges him back to his former life as an automaton in a totalitarian society. Is that the goal of the Ataturk Airport bombers? I think the answer is yes.

There was panic everywhere,” said Mine Iyidinc. “We did not understand that it was a terrorist attack.” Extreme fear causes panic and the lack of knowledge exacerbates the effect. It would be unreasonable for everyone in the world to be trained how to act during a terror attack. For one thing, it wouldn’t save lives. To be blunt, soldiers train on how to act and react during ambushes and firefights, yet they still die during those circumstances. Even when they know immediately that they are under attack, some folks still “panic”; that’s not an indictment, just a fact. And when the terrorist believes his martyrdom will transport him directly to his idea of heaven, he is jubilant at the notion of exposing as many others as possible to their hell.
My colleagues who work at the ticket sale desk, they were on the ground and crying,” Levent Karaoglan said. “A couple of my friends are wounded, hit on the head by different objects.” One cannot fight that which one cannot see. And I will bet that seeing his colleagues in such distress also took its toll on Mr Karaoglan. Further, he said: “There are many casualties, legs, arms and everything, everywhere.” What used to be his work space is now a battle space. He may return to work , but he can never go back to the same place. It no longer exists.
It looked like a disaster movie,” said one witness, Laurence Cameron. Except it was real. One cannot smell war in a multiplex.

Random Images

  • people started rushing … screaming “‘bomb’, and screaming ‘gunfire,’ and everyone just turned around and started running”
  • “Panic just set in”
  • “Kind of a frightening scenario, not knowing what’s going on, being stuck in a corridor thinking that perhaps around the corner is someone running around with an assault rifle”
  • Outside the airport, desperate family members and friends waited for news of their loved ones
  •  dazed and shocked survivors
  • The police officers’ uniforms were soaked in blood
  • they walked through the scene in complete silence as ambulance sirens blared in the background.

Concluding Thought

“There was a silence of death covering the airport all around,” Passenger Richard Karahasan said.



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