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Turkey's military is not expansionistic

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Submitted by Rick House (United States), May 9, 2007 at 00:17

While I agree with most of what you say in your comment, I don't think Turkey's military would expand its influence outside its recognized international borders. To do so would mean that they would have to leave NATO, the nation's supreme secular tie to the West... Turkey's neutrality in the Iraq War is evidence of what I suggest. Turkey did not join the war effort in Iraq because of its religious ties to the Middle East. Turkey knows where it stands. It stands on the crossroad between East and West. That is where it will choose to remain if it can.

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