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Cancel that Vacation in Turkey

Yet another bombing in a tourist district of Istanbul. It has been a summer of bombings and terrorism in Turkey. While in the 1980s and early 1990s, violence between the Turkish army and the PKK was limited to the southeast of the country, Turkey’s scorched-earth policy toward Kurdish villages has led Kurds to resettle in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and Antalya, meaning no part of the country is now spared ethnic violence.While the Kurdish separatist/terrorist group the PKK has called a Ramadan ceasefire, tension and political passion ahead of the 2011 elections will likely make Turkey increasingly unsafe for Americans, and Jews and Christians of any nationality.

Michael Rubin — Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East ...

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