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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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