Following Threat from Erdogan, U.S. Must Counter Growing Danger from Turkey

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By The Staff.. Turkey is turning into a new Pakistan, “a perpetually failing state whose military leadership has tolerated and advanced a vision of political Islam deeply hostile to U.S. and Western interests”, Eli Lake warned in a column published by Bloomberg on Friday (March 2, 2018). After the Trump administration warned in January (2018) that American troops would return fire if attacked in the Turkish ground invasion in northern Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded with a threat of his own. [Photo top right: Pres Erdogan kissing a little girl martyr | Credit YouTube]. “Those who say that they would respond if they are hit have never tasted an Ottoman slap,” he vowed. The country’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had warned that Ankara’s relationship with Washington would either be “fixed” or “totally destroyed.”

The U.S. Congress is currently debating plans to impose sanctions on Turkey in the wake of its attitude towards Washington, including visa bans on senior Turkish officials and prohibiting imports of Turkish-made handguns worth $100 million in annual revenue for Ankara.

In an interview, Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, voiced similar concerns. “Erdogan has taken the Pakistani formula of mixing hard-line nationalism with religiosity,” Haqqani said. “Zia imposed Islamic laws by decree, amended the constitution, marginalized secular scholars and leaders, and created institutions for Islamization that have outlasted him. Erdogan is trying to do the same in Turkey.” Read the full story.



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