In From the Cold
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Ataturk’s Last Stand (Today’s Reading Assignment)
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If you read just two articles this week, may we suggest this opinion piece from Fox News strategic analyst Ralph Peters, and the latest column from former NSA senior spook John Schindler? Both offer important insight into the failed “coup” in Turkey, and what it means for Ankara and the West.
While we’ve had minor differences with Lt Col Peters in the past, his analysis of the abortive military revolt in Turkey is spot-on. When the coup fizzled on the streets of Istanbul and other major Turkish cities, so did Ataturk’s lasting vision of a modern, secular state firmly oriented towards Europe and western values. As Peters writes: Friday night’s failed coup was Turkey’s last hope to stop the Islamization of its government and the degradation of its society. Reflexively, Western leaders rushed to condemn a coup attempt they refused to understand. Their reward will be a toxic Islamist regime at the gates of Europe.
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Sorry to say, but another domino has fallen.
Hopefully Trump will follow thru and end NATO. That would force Turkey to stand on its own. And the USA’s foreign policy to pull back from the Global adventurism and perpetual war we find ourselves in.
One can only hope that the world survives this new “Dark Age”!
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