Yesterday I enjoyed one of the great treats of the day after Thanksgiving. A leftover Turkey sandwich with stuffing, ham and cranberry sause. I don’t belive in American exceptionalism, but I sure do believe in an exceptional sandwich.
Which leads me to the leftover nation when it comes to Europe, namely Turkey. Called the sick man of Europe this nation of over 70 million is situated for sucess, but has often not succeded. A member of NATO, yet with a human rights record that would make a South American dictatorship blush. It has a tradition of secularism, but seems handicapped by the most obvious thing which can’t seem to be mentioned – namely an Islamic movement. Note I don’t say radical Islamic movement, because Islam as a political force and worldview is simply bad enough. I distinguish the practice of religion from the imposition of a religion.
The current leader of Turkey would like to turn the clock back on human rights. This may not be spoken out loud outside of Turkey, but is patently obvious to Turkey’s secularists who correctly see a danger when it presents itself. Yet secularists in Turkey have not captured the attention of Western Media who would rather focus on fantasy oppression in Ferguson and elsewhere.
Turkey could be a vital ally against Islamic movements, but until we support the secularists there, Turkey is going to be of little help abroad.