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As Always - West Versus East

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), May 7, 2009 at 18:45

What seems to be happening between continental Europe and Asia Minor here is the same thing happening the world over. Ideologically speaking, the re-creation of the principle differences between Asia/Asia Minor and the European societies started so long ago have come to fruition in the current times as rehearsals of historical and religious implications that will be affecting the common future.

We can read of the mistrust so many have of Turkey and it has been talked over incessantly. Except for the brief period of the middle of the twentieth century, Turkey was, as it has been for centuries, at the cross roads of conquest from the Orient. They are unmistakably non-European in spite of former adaptations to the western culture and have been in process to regain that oriental identity. They are there now. It is of little comfort that Turkey has embraced its Islamic influences with such renewed vigor and yet is ready to embrace Europe with an alliance of questionable motives.

It has been mentioned here that NATO, having been formed for decidedly different reasons of a time long ago, is now possibly anachronistic and does not represent the best means for the defense of Europe. Still, what we are looking at IS the defense of Europe, but now the identification of the threat is for many seemingly cloaked and less discernable as it was when under a different nuclear umbrella. In this post-cold war era, the only resemblance to the former situation is that it still comes from the east.

Again, ideologically speaking, the principle difference between Europe and points east can be more specifically categorized as it has been for so long as west versus east, Constantinople versus Istanbul; and world dominance under religious colors is still the ultimate goal. Were it not so, then the incident on the plains of ancient Iraq would never have happened and all the world would be speaking some ancient form of Chaldean or the like. Were that the case, then these discussions would be reduced to finding the best vacation spot on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
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