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The Hidden Turkey

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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Nov 30, 2010 at 14:04

Today, Turkey is a key vacation spot, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. It has taken advantage of its strategic position in the world to lure the holiday maker. Tourists flock by the thousands, particularly from Europe, every year, to visit the coastal resorts and buy property in such places as Didim, and of course the ever-popular Istanbul. The Turkey the tourist sees is quite different than the Turkey that wishes to bring back Islam as a major force in the Turkish way of life. As long as it's relatively "safe" to visit Turkey, most people will not be put off by something they don't see, and that's the problem, as Dr. Pipes pointed out: " . . .its more subtle application of Islamism's hideous principles. . . " is the frightening truth here, while the blatant Islam of Iran hides a nation swelling to emerge free from it.

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