Sunday, July 22, 2007

Battle lines

Today, 22 July, Turkey goes to the polls. It is a long time since the battle lines were so clearly drawn: the Islamists vs the defenders of Ataturkism. It is doubtful, though, whether the outcome will be so clearcut. If AK, the Islamist party is returned with a thumping majority, there is a serious possibility that the military, who see their domestic role as the guarantors of the secular state established by Ataturk, will step in, as the military has done more than once over the years.
Very few of us in Europe are aware of, or even care about, the fate of Turkey, but whether it goes the way of Iran or finds itself ruled by the military, what happens there will have serious consequences for us all. Remember, you read it here first.
Turkey, my heart goes out to you.

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