Thursday, December 26, 2013

Turkey needs to make up its mind about where it belongs!

We have all seen the terrible pictures of nations been torn apart by religious (or is it just power- hungry politicians?) violence and failed governments. The same can be said for parts of Africa. The proud nation that has given much to the world, Turkey is also at risk of sliding into this position, if things go much further there.
Turkey is moving away from the vision of its modern founder and many in the country must be worried about the direction of its present leader.
Turkey has aspirations to be part of Europe, yet it gives all the signs that it wants to be a' regional power' in the Middle East. The problem is and will continue to be---can it do both? It will not belong in any EU organization if it travels more along the road to being an Islamic Republic, at least not a 'fundamentalist format. Many of its citizens support the direction its leader is travelling but there is a large section of the population that wants something more balanced; a nation that takes into account the aspirations all of its people. It is becoming obvious that trouble is brewing at the upper levels of the Governing party and one has the sense that a 'tip-point' has been reached. The nest few days will tell us much about the future of Turkey. My hope is that Turkey does not descend into the hellish scenes we are witnessing in its near neighbours. Go well, Turkey and may you have the peace you so desperately need.We need you to be a strong and stable influence in the vitally important region you control; but, your direction is just that---YOURS!

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