Thursday, June 09, 2011

Election 2011: The Future of Turkey

Over thirty-six million Turkish voters will be heading to the polls on Sunday to either keep Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's Justice and Development Party in power for another four years, or reintroduce Secularist rule in the increasingly Islamist nation.

Americans should watch this election with great attention, because the future of Turkey could very well be at stake.

Mr. Erdogan's majority government has drifted further and further away from Turkey's moderate, secularist roots and towards the country's boiling Islamic undercurrent fueled by young voters. One example is the change to Article 10 of Turkey's constitution, which ensures protecting orphans of martyrs doesn't violate the principle of equality.

Did you just read that?!?!?!?!

Unless the government of Turkey shifts course and redirects their focus, I fear the once proud bridge between continents could very well become just another Islamist state hell bound on the destruction of both Israel and Western values.

We should watch this election very carefully, because the Turkey we grew up with is slowly becoming our worst nightmare for a member of NATO.

What say you?

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