Death of a Marxist

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Last week Ecevit Sanli, a 40-year-old member of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), strolled into the American embassy in Ankara and detonated an explosive laden jacket, killing himself, a Turkish guard, and wounding a journalist. While last year’s embassy bombing in Benghazi and, more recently, the French incursion into Mali have supplied the foreign policy establishment more than ample opportunity to trumpet the danger of radical jihadists, the DHKP-C’s position as a Marxist organization has challenged the seemingly unimpeachable narrative that Islamism is at the core of anti-western violence in the Middle East.
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