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Hidden Stillness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-22-07 01:42 AM
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2. Turkey was Once a Great Country
"The government acted after 15 soldiers were killed within two days last week, bringing the year's total to 200 such casualties, and public clamor for a strong military response to separatist insurgents," Kurdish insurgents who have been crossing the border from Iraq into Turkey and killing Turkish soldiers--you didn't mention that the Kurds have been killing Turks in their own country, not the other way around (a quote from the article). There was just another CBC news story on it again tonight too, the threat that the Kurds have become to Turkey, as they try to expand their Iraq area to a larger, autonomous country.

I do not really know what will become of Turkey. For generations, since the 1923 independence, Turkey was a model of a modern Constitutional democracy, with a legislature, courts, rights and protections, women's rights, and a modern, Western culture. The past several years have found Turkey threatened by the same Islamic wave of oppression as the rest of the region, and although there have been alarming developments, there have also been huge protests in the streets by those who want their democracy, and who reject Islamic law. I don't know if they can keep fighting this off forever. I would appreciate reading anything about the situation from anyone who knows about recent developments.
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