While Erdogan may be winning the "arab" street, the problems in Turkey are many: 20% unemployment, poverty, lack of human rights. These problems exist in every muslim country, which may find it challenging to meet the needs of the poor. That is how the radical islamists have come to power, by filling in the gap with their charities for the poor, and by having candidates run for the govt. positions. However, those countries run by the Islamists have the poorest record for human rights, tolerance and equality. They are somewhat like the communist countries. Cuba, for example, where things were made better for the poor, but the economy stagnates and there are no human rights. Democracy, meaning tolerance and human rights for all, seems to be an idea that is foreign to them and which they can never incorporate, because of their authoritarian and patriarchal nature. The economy will be the number one problem I think. Osama bin Laden was glad to crush the USA economy, knowing that it would crush human rights (his being no lover of them). We have to show him that human rights are important to us; and we will have to help the world economy recover.
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)
from the article: Report: Erdogan considering visiting Gaza to 'break blockade'