Istanbul Blasts: Terrorism or False Flag?

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Istanbul Blasts: Terrorism or False Flag?
by Stephen Lendman
It’s too early for a rush to judgment. Here’s what’s known. On Tuesday night, multiple blasts and automatic rifle fire, reportedly by three suicide bombers, rocked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.
Dozens were killed, over 230 injured. Was the incident terrorism or state-sponsored false flag deception to look that way? It’s too soon to know.
Timing is often significant. Six years after Israeli commandos slaughtered 10 Turkish nationals aboard the Mavi Marmara Gaza Freedom Flotilla mother ship, Netanyahu and Erdogan normalized relations.
Israel agreed to pay $20 million in reparations to surviving family members, along with other mutually agreed on terms. Gaza remains besieged despite Ankara claiming otherwise.
At the same time, Erdogan apologized to Putin by letter for downing a Russian Su-24 warplane flying over Syria – at the time, falsely claimed to have entered Turkish airspace.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, “(a) telephone conversation between President Putin and President Erdogan will take place (on Wednesday, June 29) at the initiative of the Russian side.” He stopped short of indicating whether normalized relations would follow.
Were either or both of these events connected to Tuesday night’s incident? Again, it’s unknown at this time.
No claim of responsibility followed the attack. Prime Minister Binali Yildirm blamed ISIS, saying “(t)he findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack.”
Erdogan called for a “joint fight” against terrorism, saying nothing about his support for ISIS, letting them operate freely from Turkish territory, supplying them with arms and munitions, selling their stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil – he, his family and other regime officials profiting hugely.
It begs the question. Why would ISIS attack an important benefactor? Others include America, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other regional states.
Erdogan is at war with Kurds in three countries, naked aggression by any standard – at home, in Syria and Iraq. Yet he didn’t blame their fighters for what happened.
While it’s unknown if Tuesday’s incident was state-sponsored, previous similar ones in Europe and America suggest it. The fullness of time should tell.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.