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Reader comment on item: Is Turkey Leaving the West?

Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 7, 2013 at 16:12

The Turkish government sees NATO and the EU in "conflict with" their "structure, history and culture". Why is this wrong? It is the Turks who use the latin alphabet. This points to a choice they made like the Croats - unlike the Serbs who use cyrillic. German telco providers offer special priceplans to make cheap calls to Turkey. Why is that? The Turkish people chose in large numbers to live in Germany. Such is the vote of the Turkish people. Where is the one Turk who considers one of the SCO member countries as destination for immigration? The conflict I see is the one between Ergodans ambitions and actual post-WW2 history of Turkey. Turkey has long gone beyond and above the SCO-countries. They, like us in the West, watch the wars in the Middle East safely from their TV screens, silently protected by NATO. Is there any ordinary citizen Turk who wants this any different?

The islamist government of Turkey betray their own people. The West should respond to those obscene flashes of Realpolitik and thereby empower opposition in Turkey.


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