69 million page views

What if the conventional wisdom of our leaders is wrong on Turkey?

Reader comment on item: Is Turkey Going Islamist?

Submitted by alan (United Kingdom), Oct 18, 2005 at 08:38

The conventional wisdom used to stream-roller Turkey's entry to E.U. is:-

1.) Turkey is becoming more secular, not more Islamist
2.) Turkey in E.U. means a safer, more free Europe than Turkey outside E.U.;
3.) Turkey is militarily useful as N.A.T.O. member.

These 'arguments' are suspect. To comment on each in turn:-

On 1.) above, as Daniel Pipes observes, this argument is not convincing;
on 2.) above, this depends on 1.);
on 3.)above, this reflects Cold War thinking.


For an intelligent, even-handed analysis, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki,


then type in: 'accession of Turkey to the European Union'.
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)