In recent weeks I have spoken with Turkey's most senior officers. All made clear that, while they would not want to see an interruption in democracy, the military may soon have to step in to protect secularism, without which there cannot be democracy in a majority Muslim country. These are no-nonsense people who mean what they say.As for the no-nonsense part. He is dead right. In many ways, working with the Turkish military can be refreshingly 19th Century.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
It may be the best outcome in the long term, if the quasi-secular nature of the government moves more Islamist. Why, read the whole thing here - but here is the pull quote.