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Turkey different from Greece and Spain

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 13, 2017 at 06:57

BorisG, Turkey is different from Greece and Spain.

The dictatorships in Greece and Spain were not part of a wider movent linked to the Eastern Block. Erdoğan's government on the other hand is part of a wider islamist movement at war with the West.

Secondly, their geo-strategic importance was small. Spain is of little geo-strategic importance by location so long as Gibraltar remains British. Greece has a small population. Its geo-strategic importance is small precisely because Turkey is a far bigger NATO country at the shared geo-strategic Bosporus-location.

Third, Spain an had a better prospect ahead. In Spain general Franco would eventually die - as everone does. As the Spanish Civil War demonstrated a strong oppositon this fraction would win for Fascism was discreted and defeated in WW2 on a far larger scale. As for Greece I do not know enough about their history. In Turkey on the other hand the AKP is a legitimate party that could certainly continue after Erdoğan's reign comes to an end. Islamism in its Turkish form, that is post-Atatürk, has not been discredited inside Turkey yet.


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EU the third actor against NATO's trident [281 words]mythNov 13, 2017 06:32241285
We Don't Need No Stinkin' NATO [250 words]DaveNov 12, 2017 12:18241283
Replace Turkey with Russia in NATO after Putin's Term Ends [153 words]
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RobertOct 25, 2017 22:03241157
This IS The Generation - Possibilities of Long Term Negotiations Now Very Remote. [181 words]M ToveyNov 21, 2017 17:15241157
1Remember Korean War [75 words]
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Dear Dr. Pipes [80 words]
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Debanjan BanerjeeOct 19, 2017 01:56241102
Dear Dr. Pipes [211 words]Debanjan BanerjeeOct 22, 2017 04:03241102
Debanjan Banerjee is playing naive [37 words]PrashantOct 22, 2017 23:05241102
Dear Prashant [99 words]Debanjan BanerjeeOct 28, 2017 23:25241102
The "bulwark" of Turkey [421 words]Michael SOct 30, 2017 18:50241102
NATO Is As Weak and Confused As Its Members [128 words]DaveOct 18, 2017 20:08241101
Let Juncker lead Europe straight to hell; and let Erdogan do the same with Turkey [366 words]Michael SOct 21, 2017 08:03241101
Exclude Turkish participation from weapons development [82 words]Jorgen NielsenOct 17, 2017 21:25241089
Israel is surrounded by Russian (and American) systems. Only Samson Option can protect them [72 words]Michael SOct 30, 2017 19:03241089
1Time for NATO to Help End the Turkish Occupations! [240 words]UNCLE VLADDIOct 17, 2017 18:55241087
The situation could tget very volatile, very fast. [172 words]Michael S.Oct 17, 2017 07:49241085
There is a strategy for NATO to defeat islamism [158 words]
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piet-heinOct 17, 2017 07:31241083
Nothing new: remember Portugal and Greece. [34 words]BorisGOct 22, 2017 04:53241083
Turkey different from Greece and Spain [182 words]mythNov 13, 2017 06:57241083

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