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I expect the two countries to ally with one another soon, with Turkey in the lead, for an attack against Israel.

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Aug 25, 2017 at 03:34

Dr. Pipes,

I agree with nearly all your article, an article which reveals things I have never seen collected in one place before. I disagree somewhat, however, with your conclusion, a take-off on

"Cagaptay observes that the Middle East has room for "one shah or sultan, but not a shah and a sultan.""

During much of the 20th Century, Iran and Turkey were on the same page -- especially when both were members of CENTO. Agreed, any unity they come up with has a limited shelf life; but that life may last decades.

I expect the two countries to ally with one another soon, with Turkey in the lead, for an attack against Israel.

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You are right that during much of the twentieth century, the Iranian and Turkish governments got along. Neither had imperialist objectives. Now, as in the Safavid and Ottoman days, they do.

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