Monday, June 28, 2010

How Countries can change in the blink of an eye

From secular and the most advanced country in the muslim world, Turkey becomes an islamist enemy of both Israel and the USA right before our very eyes.... and in spite of such changes that can occur without the slightest tremor of seismic activity, we fail to see the menace of islam in the West.  Sad.  Saddest of all is the wishful thinking that we all have that our world and that of our descendants will always be free.

This is a must read article. ...A decade ago, Turks saw themselves in a camp with the United States, Western Europe, and Israel; today Turkish self-identity places the country firmly in a camp led by Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Hamas. Turkey may be a NATO member, but polls nevertheless show it to be the world’s most anti-American country (although, to be fair, the Pew Global Attitudes Project did not conduct surveys in Libya or North Korea). Nor do Turks differentiate between the U.S. government and the American people: they hate Americans almost as much as they hate Washington. This is no accident. From almost day one, Erdogan has encouraged, and his allies have financed, a steady stream of anti-American and anti-Semitic incitement. Certainly, many Turks opposed the liberation of Iraq in 2003, but this was largely because Erdogan bombarded them with anti-American incitement before Parliament’s vote, which withdrew the support promised to the operation. Much of Erdogan’s incitement, however, cannot be dismissed as a dispute over the Iraq war.....

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