Double standards even in dealing with terrorism

The international definition of terrorism is still not clear so far, though the International Criminal Court tried to identify about 21 points subsumed beneath the multiple forms of terrorism, including State terrorism like the one currently practiced by Assad against the Syrian people, Russia in Syria and Ukraine, or Iran in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Τhere are also terrorist groups or organizations, with religiously radical views, nationalistic, or racist, and it is up to the international community to classify them.


One week ago, we witnessed two terrorist attacks: one in Istanbul, Turkey and another in Palmyra, Syria. The first attack, with a death toll of more than 45 people – 30 of them policemen – and about 150 wounded, was adopted by an offshoot PKK group, calling itself Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK). The second attack, carried out by ISIS, targeted Palmyra and resulted in taking control of the city and most of its suburbs by the terrorist organization. Despite my thorough research about the number of civilian casualties inside the city, I did not get accurate information. However, it was confirmed to me that most of the civilian population left the city, and many of them were killed because of the Russian aerial bombardment while trying to run away from the ISIS onslaught.


Although both attacks were carried out by terrorist organizations, the difference in approaching these two incidents by the international community falls under the category of double standards.
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