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    • T. Traub
    • 01.11.09 | 04:16 (IST)

    You talk as though Erdogan can be trusted. But understand this. He and his party are NOT friends of the West. Turkey's secular leadership was pro-Western, but they did not reflect the rural fundamentalist majority which is Erdogan's power base. The fundamentalist Muslims do not like the Christian and Jewish world. They are not our friends. In particular, they are opposed to Israel and to the U.S. (as long as it remains pro-Israel). Erdogan is playing to his constituency, which is not the military or the secular urban business class. Eventually his anti-Western policies will probably provoke a military coup to restore a secular government. Until that time, the U.S. and Israel need to resist overreacting to Erdogan's provocative rhetoric, lest they play into his plan of turning the Turkish public against them.

    from the article: Turkey PM: If you don't want Iran to have nukes, give yours up
    First published 20:08 31.10.09 | Last updated 20:10 31.10.09
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