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Turks and Sanity

Reader comment on item: [Beltway Snipers]: Converts to Violence?

Submitted by Lester Dent (United States), Oct 30, 2002 at 16:11

I find it significant that this article elicited intelligent and measured responses from Islamic Turks. Where else in the region do you see a country (with its flaws, to be sure, just like the US) which is striving to balance faith and prosperity. The un-heralded treaties between Turkey and Israel point out how unique the country is.

I give the Turks great credit for taking a look around the region and seeing what the Jews have made of Israel versus what the Arab Muslims have made of their countries and deciding what is the better road to follow.

It may only reflect my ignorance, but I can think of worse solutions than having Turkey act as a conservator of Iraq for a few years until oil revenues can bring the country up to a modern level of education and prosperity.

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