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Does NATO really need Turkey now ?

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Sep 23, 2017 at 22:54

Dear Prof. Pipes,

As you probably know by now, Turkey is in the process of altering its educational curriculm for students. Not only is Darwin out, but even the great founder of the Modern Turkish Republic, Ataturk, will be effectively demoted, giving him less stature for having founded its modern institutions.

Under Erdogan, Turkey's military has been weakened significantly, by the purges under claims of participation in the coup.

And Turkey is now threatened by its ancient and recent rivals, Iran, Russia, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Kurds, and Israel.

It seems to me that Turkey currently need NATO more than NATO needs Turkey. I think that a Bismark solution to Erdogan's anti-Western, Islamist Regime is to cut Turkey loose, support the Kurds, and hope for the fall of Erdogan, and a return to a true, secular modern Turkey - the was Ataturk envisioned it.

The idea that we must somehow avoid chaos in the Middle East by supporting Islamist Turkey's unity at all costs, when Turkey under Erdogan is undoing its modern past and reverting to a Neo-Ottoman state where Religion, Islam, defines Civil Order, rather than Religion being the in the Realm of the Private, or different religions have equal status with modern western countries or states ...

I think you get my drift.

Erdogan believes he can blackmail the Europe and the West. But just because he had numeral superiority in regarding military manpower, I think the Reactionary, Totalitarian ways of his Regime on the boarder of the Middle East and Europe outweigh any good he brings to NATO. The way to save the West and Secular Turkey, is to drop Islamist Turkey under Erdogan ASAP.

I am very surprised by how relatively Tolerant the West is of the "Marshal Law" Regime of Erdogan.


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