Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Anti-Americanism in Turkey

Robert Pollock is shocked to find anti-Americanism in Islamic Turkey:

And at the 2002 election, the increasingly corrupt mainstream parties that had championed Turkish-American ties self-destructed, leaving a vacuum that was filled by the subtle yet insidious Islamism of the Justice and Development (AK) Party. It's this combination of old leftism and new Islamism--much more than any mutual pique over Turkey's refusal to side with us in the Iraq war--that explains the collapse in relations.

And what a collapse it has been. On a brief visit to Ankara earlier this month with Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith, I found a poisonous atmosphere--one in which just about every politician and media outlet (secular and religious) preaches an extreme combination of America- and Jew-hatred that (like the Turkish artists) voluntarily goes far further than anything found in most of the Arab world's state-controlled press. If I hesitate to call it Nazi-like, that's only because Goebbels would probably have rejected much of it as too crude.

And this is supposed to be one of the better Islamic countries.

1 Comments:

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Adam Lawson said...

Around the Blogosphere:

Maybe Muslim Democracy Isn't Such a Hot Idea After All

 

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