After I left a meeting today, I walked back towards the metro station to take the train home. It's a perfectly normal route for me; meetings are often held in the Taksim area because it's so central to everyone. Then it struck me - I was walking through the site of the Sunday bombing. There were no additional police (that is to say, no more than usual), no additional barricades, and people were walking around enjoying the beautiful weather. It was so normal.
In Turkey's ongoing war with the PKK, perhaps as many as 40,000 people have died in the last thirty years, in terrorist attacks, military operations, and the civilians caught in the crossfire between the PKK and the military. Sadly, this is a country that is used to constant, "low-level" acts of terror. By this I mean incidents that kill 2 or 3 or 6 people, not mass casualty events. Imagine what would have happened if a similar bomb had gone off in DC or any other American city. The site would be cordoned off for weeks, traffic blocked temporarily or permanently around the area, and no one would want to go near the area, no matter how central it may be to one's daily commute. Turkey doesn't have that mentality. For better or worse, Turkish people carry on with their business after these tragic attacks.