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Reader comment on item: Crisis in Turkey

Submitted by Gulten Savalan (United States), Mar 3, 2010 at 13:39

Dear Mr. Pipes:

From your article, one can easily understand your affection for Turkey's secular and liberal Army and also your aversion for Turkey's current conservative government.

Why do you favor secular, liberal movements/ leaders in other countries and Conservatives in your own Israel and USA? ...
Why can't you be homogeneous?

Gulten Savalan


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I am a conservative in the American context but when the choice is between Islamism and the Left, I choose the latter - for roughly the reasons as I opted for right-wing dictatorships during the Cold War. In both cases, I support the less lethal alternative.

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