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Turkey's Islamic takeover
How should the West react to the Islamic extreme taking control of Turkey. The west, we should note, is what forced on Turkey democracy instead of secular "democracy" which was checked by the army to maintain secular rights. The EU forced the army to relinquish their power and give power to the Islamic extreme, as voted by the people, and from a semi-democratic and enlightened country Turkey may soon become a second Iran.
Some examples:
1. A friend of mine visited Turkey lately and saw in different places women in Burkas. Upon asking about these women they were told that these women are paid to walk around in tourist and other sorts of areas wearing these bourkas so as to send a message.

2. From a plane landing from Israel today all the Israelis were taken aside and investigated for hours for no apparent reason, in a form that may remind one of Nazi Germany. I assume the Turkish had different reasons, wanting perhaps to show an example of Palestinians crossing the border or something of the sort. I wonder how other countries would react if all the passengers from a plane holding their passports would be stopped to be humiliated as a political move. The details are not yet known and there may turn out to be a valid reason for this.

If there is no valid reason for the Turkish airport event, is it only a question of the relationship between Turkey and Israel which, given what may be described as an Islamic takeover of Turkey, is to be expected, or Turkey and the west? That is, should the west accept such behavior from a country they are "friends" with or not?

For those who want to respond that people entering the US are finger-printed and photographed, and that people entering Israel are questioned as well, these are always from security measures and not for humiliation (though there are always many "rotten-apples" who take sadistic pleasure in humiliation.) For example, if Turkey will declare that by law Israelis need to be stopped for questioning at the airport this would seem a more valid case than targeting a specific group. In that case Israelis could decide whether they want to fly to Turkey or not. I should add that I can't think of any case where people of a certain country were all detained for hours for questioning in an airport just for being from that specific country with no prior law attesting to it.

This latest even, again if it occurred for no valid reason, seems reason enough to close any possibility of Turkey joining the EU. But even if it turns out that this case was justified, is the EU willing to accept a country that may be similar to Iran soon as part of it?

I should add that I liked Turkey. I have several Turkish friends and it was a sophisticated society, as Iran used to be. Should the west reject the new Turkey or try to be friends with it?  I don't see the attempts of befriending Iran having lead to much.
Hi Jonathan,
Can you be friends with madness? There is the madness of Iran, its nuclear project and hate of Israel which, thanks to the fertile ground of the "Arab revolution", has become contagious and spread to the countries that until not so long ago were Israel's friends.
This is the picture of a mob in Egypt attacking the Israeli embassy and burning the flag. Notice the mad happiness of the guy in front who looks towards the camera.

What is this Arab revolution if not the perfect setting for anarchy, the perfect background for violent groups who want to make their voice of hate heard while using the general weakness to become powerful.

Will the west let them succeed? I fear the west is blinded by their egoism (they don't feel threatened directly), by their own internal problems, and by a certain naivety that makes them believe that this revolutionary movement will bring an enlightened democratic government to the Arab world. Will the west have enough foresight to react at the right moment?  I think they will be forced to react sooner or later,  and the timing will be in direct relation to the consequences. I hope the west will reject the new Turkey, but it may take some more time till they do.
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