Bangladesh: New Strategies Developed After Dhaka Terror Instances – OpEd


We would like to draw your attention to emerging terror instances these days, and to the common political solutions to these unpleasant events all over the world. We observe with amazement and horror that there is a ruthless method as applied earlier by Russians for centuries, which has come into regular solution, that every country authorities have unanimously accepted everywhere in the world. The human source that is lost in the battle of the Russians is worthless. What is important is total destruction of the enemy. Russians spend all their human, equipment and material resources to win the war.

In 1943, in the world’s biggest tank fight ever seen before, total 1961 Russian tanks were destroyed against 760 German tanks in the Kursk battle. Germans lost the war and withdrawn. Germans could not replace their lost tanks because their homeland factories were bombed. On the other side, Russians produced far better models of the tanks they lost in battle in the five factories located away from the war zone which were built behind the Ural mountains. They put them on the battlefield in a fast pace. During the 1945 Berlin Siege, total 81 thousand Russian soldiers and 90-100 thousand German soldiers were killed.

In the case of hostage taking in the Russian strategy, there is no point to care for in loss of a young, old, children men women in the pledge. All the hostages may die. What is important is that the total eradication of terrorists. All terrorists must be destroyed in the end. In 2002 Moscow Dubrovka theater and in 2004 Chechen Beslan school hostage taking events, large number of hostages died, while all terrorists have been killed.

In Western societies earlier, negotiation with terrorists were the key in terror incidents. There were professional negotiators, psychologists employed to save hostages. Authorities concluded that these humanitarian efforts were futile, terrorists do not care. Terrorists do not end their wishes. Although international community rejected at first, ruthless procedure started with Israeli experience in 1971 Munich. In year 1971, all Israeli athletes were taken hostage. Terrorists killed them all in Munich Olympics. Israel ceased negotiating with the terrorists after all. In year 1976, in Uganda Entebbe surprise attack, most of the hostages were rescued, all of the terrorists were killed without any negotiation.

On the days of 1-2 July 2016, all six-terrorists were killed in Dhaka Bangladesh, while 20-foreign hostages and 2-policemen were also killed. It is now common practice that there will be no more negotiations with terrorists. The security forces are killing all, while the hostages are also killed.

Nowadays, the strategy of attacking by all means is the key attempt. As copied from Russian practice, the main target is to destroy the enemy at all costs. Media and internet communications are being censored to remove the possibility of any negotiations.

In last 20-June 2016 Ataturk airport attack, terrorists did not take any hostage. Terrorists blew themselves up. In Bangladesh 1-July event, terrorist who took foreigners hostage in a café in Dhaka, were all young educated religious, university students. They were children of wealthy families in their normal lives. In Dhaka, we are not talking about poor, uneducated comrades. During intervention of the security forces, terrorists and hostages all died in Dhaka.

Now we are entering into a new turn. The war on terror will be very cruel. The more you hesitate, the more vulnerable you are. During WW2, we had experienced rulers in this country, to avoid war, not to spare any soldier, any father. Our kids did not loose their fathers. We had difficulties but not war destruction. The time has come for democracy in our geography. It is differently applied than any classical all-inclusive western application. The new brutal cruel strategies in the parliamentary struggle all over the world will force them to enforce the new obligations. New power rules will bend the arm of opposition. The new rules will force to comply with their demands.

The Führer of Wehrmacht Germany had no post-secondary education. He was earning his life in post-World War I as an humble painter before joining Nazi party. He ended the 1st World War with the rank of corporal with iron star metal. When he went to jail, there he wrote a book, “Main Kampf”. The Nazi party, which was headed by “Führer”, in 1933, took 33% of the all votes to win the political power. They moved Germany to the second great world war, They had wide range of talent pool with professors and businessmen at their disposal. When the Führer was in his Berlin shelter in 1945, he said, “Mighty German people have chosen me, they can die because I came to power to rule them.” So you as voters are responsible from the politicians you choose. They have to give you an answer for every decision they make. They can not act as they wish. They have to be countable. You have to monitor them at all times by all means.

At the 2016 METU university graduation ceremony, may we remind you of a famous poster at the hands of new graduate students in Revolution stadium, “It is important not to graduate from this school, but it is very important to survive in this country”. If any similar event happens near you, leave that place as quickly as possible. That is why Embassies warn their compatriots, never enter dangerous areas, because it is very difficult to get out.

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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