Talking Turkey

by Jay Nordlinger

Response To...

Turkey’s Voters Slap Down ...

John, you will remember Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist who spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum a couple of weeks ago. Let me do a little quoting from my journal:

Akyol says that he is demonized by Turkey’s ruling party, the AKP. They call him a Zionist, a CIA agent, and a tool of the “interest-rate lobby.” . . .

Analyzing the illiberal trends in his country, Akyol says that it will not become another Iran or Saudi Arabia. But it may be something like another Russia.

Which sounds right .

It seems to me the Turkish people are pulling back from the brink — if the authorities will let them. Very good news.

P.S. Pardon the dorky heading, above, but the election results do contribute to a lighthearted mood.

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