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Yes, but the issue must be popularized to succeed

Reader comment on item: Erdo─čan's Turkey Is Not Coming Back

Submitted by Dave (United States), Apr 20, 2020 at 20:37

The malign change in Turkey must not go unnoticed in our elections. The pollyannish delusions of our central government have to be challenged, starting with the presidential race. Republican and Democratic organizations need to be contacted and persuaded to make Turkey a major campaign issue. The executive branch needs to catch up to the congress in awareness.
Characteristically, bureaucrats and the military are often plagued by inertia. As a rule, they are too timid to risk their jobs by speaking out. The trick is to make inertia on Turkey enough of an issue that they will feel more afraid of not speaking out.
Perhaps it's time for old-fashioned letter writing to newspapers and to congress, or even for protest marches. Those efforts are hard work, but past crusades such as the civil rights and antiwar protests demonstrate that they can have a huge impact.
It would be a real disaster for Turkey to turn into another Iran, but even worse if we helped it happen through our complacency. Turkey needs to be put on the front burner and duly roasted.

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