69 million page views

Turkey's military is not expansionistic

Reader comment on item: A Million Moderate Muslims on the March
in response to reader comment: A recipe for the survival of secular government in Turkey

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.


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.)