With all the hubbub and ballyhoo over Iraq and Iran, we aren’t hearing much about Turkey. That’s a problem.
For instance, did you know that Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the Turkish elections on the 22nd of July? Did you know that they are a moderate Islamic party? Did you know that, over the last few years,Â Turkey has been creeping towards Islamism? Did you know that Turkey is no longer considered an ally of the US? (Although, it is not considered an opponent.)
Most people wouldn’t have known this, so you have an excuse if you didn’t.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Turkey, and I’ve learned to appreciate some of its finer qualities. There is a uniquely Turkish sense of honor. There is an off-hand, yet very personal, hospitality. They are proud of their history, and they struggle towards modernity.
However, they are caught between two worlds,Â the Islamic and the secularist.Â Unfortunately,Â they have engaged in a struggle towards a modern secularÂ with a repressive, heavy hand. In the process, they have drivenÂ the radical Islamists underground – deeply underground.
The question on everyone’s mind is whether, or not, they have they resurfaced within this Islamic Justice andÂ Development Party. It’sÂ a big question, and a huge worry.
Turkey is a slumbering giant towards some kind of Islamism. The question is what kind? I don’tÂ think anyoneÂ REALLY knows, but there are a lot of us who fear the worst.Â