Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Turkey emerges as Middle East leader

Anyone familiar with the Ottoman Empire? These guys are not trying to move into the future. They are trying to reclaim a very destructive past of major war and murder.
clipped from www.cnn.com

Turkey has also used its increasingly rancorous disputes with Israel to advance its status in the Middle East at the expense of traditional leaders across the region.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which came to power in 2002, was always conflicted in its relations with Israel. The party emerged from a hardcore anti-Western and anti-Israeli Islamist tradition that had close ties to Hamas and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

As it rose to power, however, the AKP distanced itself from these positions and even embraced the idea of joining the European Union. Still, it always maintained a critical stance when it came to Israel that was punctuated by occasional outbursts.

Even though Arab countries have been mistrustful of Turkey in the past, Erdogan has successfully transformed himself into the leader of the Middle East.
Washington does not want to side with one ally over another, and Turkey has aggressively been pushing the United States to do just that.
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