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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'.

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