Reactions To The Istanbul Attack Are Mixed
As the investigations continue, reactions to the Istanbul attack are mixed. On Tuesday, three suicide bombers attacked Turkey's Ataturk International Airport. In an array of explosions and gunfire, Turkish officials report that at least 31 people were killed — a number that's expected to rise — and a staggering 147 have been injured. Turkey is in a state of shock.
Horrifying accounts of travelers running from the bombers continue to emerge as police attempt to secure the area. Personal accounts of the attack are coming forward, adding faces to the numbing tragedy. In a comment to AP reporters, one traveler, South African tourist Paul Roos, recalled:
CNN reported that police used taxis to remove civilians from the area to encourage safety. Flights to Istanbul have been canceled or delayed and the roadways and subways surrounding the airport are closed off completely.
Twitter continues to swirl in a tumult of anger, worry, and sadness as the death toll climbs. Amidst all this despair arises a determination to identify the cause of this tragedy and prevent further attacks of this nature. There also arises the need to identify the motive behind act, specifically which terror group coordinated such violence: ISIS or the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers' Party)? Experts say ISIS is most likely. Then there's the political duty, the need for American politicians to comment and propose a course of action. And, finally, there's the personal, soft shock of everyday people who through the media are confronted with terror and violence time and time again.
Jumping To The Obvious Suspect
Today is the 2nd anniversary weekend of ISIS declaring the caliphate. I wonder if that’s the reason why someone hit Istanbul Ataturk airport— Aki Peritz (@AkiPeritz) June 28, 2016
Horrific events at Istanbul airport. Glad friends there are safe, but it's long past time to step up the attack against ISIS— Joel Breidenbaugh (@DrJoelB) June 28, 2016
Politicians Saying Their Piece
We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2016
"All Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence." —Hillary pic.twitter.com/QmSccJvcV0— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 28, 2016
Anger, Despair, & Confusion
Dreadful news from #Istanbul. Attacks on innocent civilians unacceptable. My thoughts with victims and their families.— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) June 28, 2016
And When Words Fail 🙏 ❤️
Gosh. Sending love to Istanbul — Danie (@VanierDanielle) June 28, 2016
As people around the world wake up to the news of this act of terror, others are attempting to fall asleep despite the mental images — bloody shirts, explosions, families taking cover in an airport gift shop. Between politicians and news outlets, celebrities and everyday Twitter users, we all have to ask: Why this, again, and what can we do to prevent such pain, such violence? How can we comfort those who are hurting?
For now, the answer seems to evade us.