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You can try but will not win! Turkey and Turks are a vital part of a Secure Europe (and the US).

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Submitted by Bertan Atalay (Canada), Oct 3, 2014 at 21:07

Dear Mr. Pipes,

Your openly contemptuous - and prejudice – approach to anything that is not Judeo-Christian shows in this supposedly scholarly article.

Despite the fact that I am not a fan of Erdogan, your article is tantamount to kicking someone (in this case Turks) when he/she is down. As your usual practice, you take the opportunity to attack passive-aggressively, Islam by providing misleading information to promote divisiveness between cultures, and lead the article to your own conclusion: Promote pushing Turkey out of NATO. Today, Turkey is part of the anti-SI coalition. I think it is only normal for Turks to take their time to decide, as did Canadians, and Australians who passed their own resolutions after Turkey. Turkey gravely suffered as a result of lack of support from the US during its own campaign to remove Asad. Why do you expect Turks to trust the Americans and jump into war? Americans started the creation of IS by way of Iraqi invasion based on admittedly fraudulent evidence regarding WMD. It is only fair to expect the Americans alone to go and clean their own mess called IS.

Here are few of your intentionally misleading, so-called facts, you base your opinions on:

(i) you claimed Mustafa Kemal, the leader of the modern Turkey, renamed himself "Ataturk." Far from it, it is the first parliament of Turkish Republic granted him the surname as part of the law past requiring every citizen to adopt a surname early in last century;

(ii) you claimed, Turkey supported Islamic State with no evidence. Turkey has not provided any support to IS anymore than the US created Al-Qaida and its offshoot IS. Let's not forget the leader of IS, Bagdadi, was in the US custody during the devastation of Iraq by the Americans,

(iii) you refer to Erdogan as "West's favorite Islamist" - I actually like this put-down but will call you on it anyway. This can only be true if you ignore the West's real favorite Islamists created by themselves as part of the policies to support extremists in Middle East against the Soviets in the 80s and 90s.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Lots of huffing and puffing. Let's look at the three points.

(i) The parliament was a rubber stamp ofAtatürk's, so your make a distinction without a difference.

(ii) I provided evidence by linking to http://www.danielpipes.org/14486/turkey-isis

(iii) This is a subjective assessment. You dispute Erdoğan as the "West's favorite Islamist" but don't offer another one in his place, so there is nothing to argue about.

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