Are Hostages Preventing Turkey From Striking ISIS?
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  • Corlyss

    Turkey has a leg in both camps. I thought it was fairly obvious why they are lying low. They’re less European than Ukraine is, more western than any other Islamic nation.

  • Duperray

    Walter, you start to understand muslims: Nothing is more important for them than religion, a concept totally unthinkable in West. Turkey would fight ISIS or else only in case of direct threat. And it is so easy for them to agree upon common terms – same religion – and Turkey committment to NATO would disappear like a sheet of paper burning in an oven….

    • FriendlyGoat

      Your first sentence says a lot. You are right about the “unthinkable in the West” thing—–which is why we weren’t “thinking” when we once believed that Islamic voters (anywhere) would turn their countries toward our ideas if only they had fewer dictators and better elections.

    • Corlyss

      “a concept totally unthinkable in West.”
      We had it beat out of us. They’ve never had their reformation, but they surely have the religious wars like we did after ours.

  • Attila_the_hun

    Turkey’s non involvement against ISIS is more complicated than the hostages. First of all Erdogan’s sees ISIS is a buffer between YPG a PKK sister organization in Syria and Tukery. Degrading. or eliminating ISIS may encourage YPG to be more aggressive and may control larger territory inside Syria. And by extension PKK. If it happens the spillover over the border may be unavoidable.

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