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Reader comment on item: Crisis in Turkey

Submitted by Lars Bjørn Helm Nielsen (Denmark), Mar 2, 2010 at 16:30

I have the greatest respect for mr. Pipes, but I am not sure he is correct in his opinion, that the crisis in Turkey is a bad thing. After all, You cannot have a democracy, with the military watching over the shoulder of a legally elected government and telling it what to do.

The problem is of course, whether Turkey is a democracy, but as far as i remember (This may be wrong), mr. Pipes has advocated, that Turkey should be allowed to join the European Union, and if this is true, mr. Pipes must consider Turkey to be a democracy, bevause only democracies can join the EU.

Then of course mr. Pipes consider the AKP to be an undemocratic party, but is this really true ?

Of course, AKP is a religious party, but is there proof, they will not follow democratic patterns. So far, it is difficult to estimate.

I would therefore ask mr. Pipes to elaborate a little more on the topic, whether AKP is a democratic party or not

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I am against Turkish accession to the European Union.

I do consider the AKP undemocratic, yes.

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