In recent years, there were always some stabbings, shootings, bomb blasts or vehicle-ramming just ahead of elections in European countries. The latest one happened days before the UK election when a terrorist stabbed people on London Bridge in December 2019.
The US election is set for November 2020, but we started seeing attacks on synagogue and church.
Can we call all such events ahead of elections just a coincidence or a pattern?
I remember it was the case in France and Germany a few years ago. Cannot say with certainty whether it is a pattern. However, those unfortunate events did not change elections results. Neither both the London Bridge attacks changed the UK election results.
Politicians are no longer interested in their national interest. Most of them care about their interests. They need to be elected does not matter at what cost this success comes.
I feared the same in the US now. It is becoming a pattern. Spreading fear can help some politician to bank more votes. It can help promote the populist agenda and give voice to the far rights groups.
One of the reasons can be to divert attention from real issues or inviting attention to fake concerns. These extreme and unnecessary actions have become a new norm in some Middle Eastern countries as well.
On the same manner, India and Pakistan borders tensions reach its peak ahead of elections to get applauses from the public.