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Turkey will not go the Venezuelan way

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Oct 23, 2019 at 22:15

Dear Dr Pipes, I was not able to read your article in the WSJ about Turkey going the Venezuelan way. So, . I do not know all your arguments. But I disagree with your title itself. Turkey cannot go the Venezuelan way; if it goes anywhere it will be worse than Venezuela. Venezuela went the way of socialism. Socialism makes you poor. It makes you very poor, But it does not kill you. Islamism is worse. It makes you poor in the long run but it first tries to kill you. So the Turks and the Kurds will fight each other and the Shias and the Wahabis will join the fray. Then down there the Iraqis and Yemenis and he Saudis will also play whatever part they can play and the life will go on. And in the process they will all join hands to eliminate the Yezidis, whenever the opportunity arises.

I do not want to be so sarcastic. But Muslim societies like to shoot themselves in the foot while they chase the Islamic Utopia (which, in reality, is not even a Utopia!). I wish I could just plant 10000 Mahatma Gandhis or MLKs or Nelson mandelas in the Islamic countries (about one per 10000 sq miles). I want to see peace, prosperity and democracy all around the Islamic world but they are just so off-target.

So let me assure you: Turkey will not go the Venezuelan way. It will either become much worse or wisdom will dawn on it and the rest of the Islamic world.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
one key difference [382 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Charles MartelOct 29, 2019 21:29255722
Iran is more like it [91 words]DaveOct 26, 2019 07:18255682
1California wants to become Venezuela; Turkey wants to become the Ottoman Empire. [65 words]Michael SOct 28, 2019 01:09255682
funny or what [26 words]PrashantOct 29, 2019 22:16255682
Turkey will not go the Venezuelan way [258 words]PrashantOct 23, 2019 22:15255632

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