- New Year raid on Istanbul club left at least 39 people dead
- Latest in a string of deadly attacks, most carried out by Islamist or Kurdish terrorists
- But Soner Cagaptay says each violent episode leads to arguments over who is to blame, not debate over what can be done to prevent them
Soner Cagaptay is director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute, and author of "The new Sultan: Erdogan and the crisis of modern Turkey" and "The rise of Turkey: The 21st century's first Muslim power." The views expressed are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Turkey is so deeply polarized around the powerful persona of its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that instead of asking why terror attacks are happening and how they can be stopped, the country's pro- and anti-Erdogan blocks are blaming each other.