Contest between moderate and radical Islam to lead Mideast
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WASHINGTON – Regional analysts see Turkey becoming increasingly radical even while trying to sell the West on its moderation, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
With Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey’s newly elected president and chief of his Islamist party, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, the country has shifted from a secular state in the 1990s to an Islamist government. That is the almost the exact opposite direction recently taken by Turkey’s main competitor for regional power, Egypt.
A U.S. ally and member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Turkey is veering ever-further from the West and is embracing more of the jihadist Islamic mantra while also attempting to appear to be the “moderate” Sunni alternative in the region to either Saudi Arabia or chief competitor, Egypt.
In looking more eastward, Erdogan has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood leadership to stay in Turkey after it was kicked out of Egypt and Qatar, has allowed the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Hamas to shift its headquarters from Damascus to Ankara and has provided material assistance to the Islamic State, or ISIS.
Such backing has prompted critics to call for the United States to put Turkey on the terrorism list and to kick it out of NATO.
Sources say that Erdogan’s strong personality has guided the country in this eastward direction and, in doing so, has exhibited a more authoritarian personality, cutting away at the democracy that Turkey has achieved over the years.
He not only has increased arrests of journalists critical of his policies but has allowed his AKP to infiltrate the judiciary system and the police. In addition, Erdogan has minimized opposition parties and has sidelined the military, which, at one time, was the major defender of Turkey’s secular system.
Written by F. MICHAEL MALOOF
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