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The Trouble With Turkey

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:16

America should take extreme caution about being "too friendly" with Turkey's Erdogan regime. Erdogan may very well be the surprise player in becoming the "strong man" who will successfully help to dismantle the pseudo-Caliphate of al Baghdadi's ISIS but then take the opportunity to turn around and form the "awaited" global Caliphate ruling from Turkey. (Basically, reviving the Ottoman Empire in the 21st century) If that happens, we and any other European coalition forces who help Turkey in any economic and military way will eventually be in the crosshairs of Erdogan's aim to continue on for gaining global dominance. We have already made costly strategic mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq due to our leaders being unable to understand that we cannot approach the Middle East with a western mindset. Assisting Turkey will be another costly mistake.

We also need to realize that Islam and secular Democracy are incompatible and that America and all other western/secular societies are always going to be seen as the common enemy by any Islamic regime, no matter what sect.

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