However, the context of his invitation makes a point that is always good to remember:
People and governments aren’t synonimous.
A nation will elect a government for a specific reason, like fighting corruption. Yet, that government might have another agenda in addition to fighting corruption.
The Hamas-led government was elected because the Palestinians were tired of corruption. The problem is that they also got a government that started a war with Israel.
The Turkish people are like anyone else in Europe. More polite than the French. Quieter than the Italians. More laid back than the Germans. And, their food is better than the English.
They are a secular country forging a modern society.
That’s the people.
The problem is that there are groups in the government of Turkey, and outside the government of Turkey, that have a different agenda. They see modernity and a secular society as anathema. They view accession to the EU with horror.
And, in this delicate time, as they negotiate with the EU over the terms of entry, these groups have the power to disrupt and destroy. They also have the power to influence, and even mold, public opinion.
In Germany, during the 20s and early 30s, war was inconceivable. Yet, in just a handful of years, a peaceful country of philosophy and science became a warlike nation of hatred and genocide.
Will Turkey follow the path of pre-War Germany? No one can be sure, but it is nevertheless true that this is delicate time for Turkey.
The decisions made now will have dramatic impact on many generations to come.
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