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Will Turkey Condemn Stoning in Iran?

In Iran, a woman is soon to be stoned for alleged adultery. In Turkey, a columnist mulls how Prime Minister Erdogan, who never hesitates to condemn alleged Jewish and Western conspiracies, has failed to intercede with his good friend Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has the power to pardon the condemned.

The columnist also brings up what Lee Hamilton, Matt Yglesias, and the AKP’s other cheerleaders in the West forget: If Erdogan had his way, adultery would be criminalized in Turkey as well — not in the arcane way it remains on the books in the United States, but in the way it is criminalized in societies like Iran’s.

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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