From Charlie Rose' interview of Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Foreign MinisterTzipni Livni of Israel, Prince Saud al-Faisal puts it really well:
CHARLIE ROSE: Are they stronger than they were before this war started?
SAUD AL-FAISAL: They have more causes to use for recruitment, for -- to justify their actions, to show that they are in a war to protect Muslims everywhere. And that is dangerous, of course. We want to reduce the amount of -- their capability to recruitment, because unless you go to the heart of the recruitment issue, you are really not solving the terrorist problem.
Only if the Turkish government could apply exactly that in the fight against PKK. We've been fighting against symptoms for the last three decades, not the root-cause. And I believe the root cause is not the funding (or other resources: weaponry that should have ended up in the hands of U.S. soldiers and not in the hands of the PKK rebels, for the matter of fact) they receive from their western allies, obviously.
The root cause is us, and how we treat, and in what regard we see these people, natives of eastern Anatolia. They're poor, they're undereducated, underprotected. They don't have access to very basic services expected from any government on earth.
For God's sake, it's not about self-determination. PKK attacks Kurd natives as well. This is terrorism, simply put.
Today, PKK possesses a very strong recruitment capability. They can easily convince very young, under-educated Turkish citizens to join the group. Not only that, they can convince better-educated adults to join them and fight for their cause. On the other hand, their cause is too blurry to be taken seriously.
My sympathies to the families of soldiers who're captured by PKK, and condolences to the families of the soldiers died in the attacks of Sunday.