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Turkey as a valued Allie

Reader comment on item: Do NATO and Turkey Have a Future Together?

Submitted by Warren Weaver (United States), Sep 5, 2022 at 07:23

Turkey is and continues to be a valuable ally and partner to NATO and the US. Just because it goes it's own way at times with regards to its local security interests and claims does not make those actions irrational or illogical. It provides a series of physical, informational, and cultural bridges into the Middle East, Eurasia, Levant, and Magreb that provide direct and indirect access and influence that is difficult to measure and impossible to replicate. It's ability control southern land and sea bridges into Europe can not be ignored, even when used to extort resources from the EU. It's positive history in support of UN and NATO missions should not be ignored. Instead of distancing itself NATO distancing itself from Turkey, perhaps the EU should consider inviting it to be a member.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I think you over-rate Turkey's role as a bridge; it's more of an enemy.

Personally, I shudder at the prospect of Erdo─čan's Turkey in the European Union, which would face endless new tensions on its accession.

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