Mustafa Akyol in the NYT
Turkey’s Bumpy Ride to Democracy
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  • Pete

    Honestly, shouldn’t Istanbul be reconquered, Christianized and given its proper name, Constantinople, back?

    Why not?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    While Via Meadia was touting Erdogan for a strong Turkish economy, I was pointing out that Erdogan wanted to become the Caliph and start his own dynasty. Now that the Turkish economy is in the dumps, destroyed by Erdogan’s Islamist policies. And the political situation in Turkey has deteriorated to near civil war, I am proven right to have doubted the puffery, and recognized Erdogan for what he really was.

  • Ooga Booga

    Come on, Akyol is a long-time Erdogan apologist

  • gabrielsyme

    The problem is not so much Turkey’s political culture: it’s the national culture, full stop. Turkey never had a reckoning for its crimes: the genocide of the Armenians first and foremost, but also the Pontic and Assyrian genocides, the Bulgarian massacres, the Constantinople Massacre, the ethnic cleansing committed during the Greco-Turkish War, the Istanbul Pogrom of 1955, the invasion of Cyprus, the atrocities committed against the Kurds, etcetera, etcetera.

    Germany and Japan at least confronted and recognised most of the evils they had committed; Turkey never has. Why do we tolerate in NATO a nation that has been illegally occupying half of Cyprus for the last forty years? A nation that continues to prevent the Patriarchate of Constantinople from operating its own seminary? A nation that leads the world in the imprisonment of journalists? A nation that continues to perpetuate a climate of impunity for attacks on religious and ethnic minorities?

  • Kavanna

    It’s just another demonstration that “political” Islam and democracy are not compatible, except temporarily and superficially. It’s one-man-one-vote-once.

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