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The Turkey/Iranian paradigm.

Reader comment on item: Crisis in Turkey
in response to reader comment: Turkey will go Islamic..Erdogan has now the mentality of Jihad!

Submitted by Logus (United States), Mar 8, 2010 at 00:46

Here you go. Evidence of my supposition: http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4010.htm

...the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which is close to Syria and Hizbullah, published an article by columnist Hassan Khalil in which he claimed that the balance of power in the region is shifting in favor of Iran and Turkey, with Syria serving as the nexus where their interests meet. The two articles represent the struggle for hegemony in the Arab and Muslim world – between the pro-Iranian, resistance-supporting camp and the Saudi-Egyptian camp. ...

Mr. Pipes, my prayer is that you are not dropping the ball in your analysis of the Islamic world. Previously you have vouched for the credibility of Walid Shoebat. I hope you reconsider his views of what is and will occur in the Middle East. Doing so will give you, I believe, a better ability to more accurately analyize what is and will occur in the Islamic world.

The power of Saudi Arabia is waning and they and the west do not know it or refuse to acknowledge it. Egypt is a paper tiger. Libya is attaching itself to Turkish and Iranian fortunes. Turkey is allying itself with Syria and Iran. Can you not see what is occuring?

Furthermore, and lastly, whether or not Turkey turns Islamist - or Iran's protestors succeed - there is zero evidence that the West will be happy with the results. Actually, I believe we will see more pressure brought to bear on Israel and our relationship with Turkey and Iran weaken further as they gain more power and clout, giving them the ability and desire to rebuff our hand as it suits them.

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