Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

The ‘Sick Man,’ Still

Erdogan condemns Peres in Davos. (A.A./SIPA/Newscom)
Turkish Islamization, Iran, Syria, and the fate of the Middle East

Question any of our political masters or their subordinates about Turkey and they will be quick to assert that it has long proved its faithfulness to Western values. Membership of NATO speaks for itself; there’s an important American air base at Incirlik; and for years, Turkish leaders one and all have been petitioning the European Union for admission. This is the one and only country in the Muslim Middle East, it will also be said, that can pass as democratic and secular.

Habitual flattery of this kind masks the reality that superficial imitative Westernization has barely touched Turkey’s very un-European history

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