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Submitted by Michael van der Galien (Netherlands), Apr 7, 2009 at 10:55

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"June 5, 2008 update: Curiosly, the army chief of staff, upholder of the Atatürkist tradition, agrees with Erdoğan. Yaşar Büyükanıt rejects any reference to "moderate Islam" concerning Turkey. "How do we define the U.S.? Shall we call it Christian? This is not possible. ... There are certain circles that want to add the title of 'moderate Islam' to the Republic of Turkey. The source of such a title does not come from within Turkey but foreign circles."'

Daniel, I'm sorry, but ... Buyukanit doesn't agree AT ALL with Erdogan. His point isn't that a "moderate Islam" doesn't exist, he doesn't say anything about that. Instead, his point is that you should not call Turkey "Moderate Islam" because it is a secular country. Just like he doesn't call America a "Christian country," Americans shouldn't refer to Turkey as "Moderate Islamic."

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Daniel Pipes replies:

The two do agree on the lack of "moderate Islam," even if from very different perspectives.

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