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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pay Attention To Turkey

Turkey is the only Muslim country in NATO.  It has enjoyed decades of stability because of its military's close ties to the West, which has led it to tamp down rampant Islamism.

This bombing in Ankara is still unsettled in terms of what exactly happened.  Perhaps it was ISIS.  Perhaps it was Erdogan's government.  Probably ISIS.

If Turkey is significantly destabilized by ISIS, that takes what is a Syrian tragedy and makes it a problem for the US.  I've never felt ISIS was a strategic threat to the US.  Barbaric, sure.  But not a threat.  Turkey could make it a threat.

On the other hand, if Turkey decides to invade Syria, I would think that ISIS would fare pretty poorly.

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