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Normalization, democratization, or Islamization?

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Friday’s resignation of Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner can be—and has been—interpreted in countless ways, ranging from hopeful to ominous.

Aljazeera

Hürriyet (I, II)

NY Times

For the “ominous,” take a peek at the comments section on the Times article. Some are even worth a chuckle.

So, which is it? Normalization, democratization, or Islamization?

Well, why not all three?

Written by M. James

July 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Coming this fall

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“There is almost “near certainty” that Netanyahu is “planning an attack [on Iran] … and it will probably be in September before the vote on a Palestinian state. And he’s also hoping to draw the United States into the conflict”, Baer explained. [AJE]

And from a 2003 poll found here:

Regarding a possible Iran-America confrontation, 55 percent of Turks preferred neutrality, while 23.8 percent favored siding with Iran, compared to just 16.85 percent who wanted to be on the U.S. side.

And if the confrontation is brought about by Israel, forget about it.

Written by M. James

July 22, 2011 at 8:45 am

The “Turkish model” and a cold shoulder

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And by now I owe an explanation for an unsupported claim in a previous post. My claim was that the prevailing Western attitude toward the Republic of Turkey, as embodied by an excerpt from Stephen Kinzer’s Crescent and Star, is one that pushes Turkey—a country predisposed to Western ideals—away from the West. I do not think that it is the intention of Kinzer or those who share his attitude (of whom there are many) to do this, but it is happening all the same.

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“A Sad State of Freedom”

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An interesting, perpetually-relevant poem by Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet entitled “A Sad State of Freedom”:

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Written by M. James

July 8, 2011 at 2:39 am