Steyn on Turkey vs. Israel

From the OC Register, the unimitable Mark Steyn:

But what was most striking was the behavior of the Turks. In the wake of the Israeli raid, Ankara promised to provide Turkish naval protection for the next “aid” convoy to Gaza. This would be, in effect, an act of war ��“ more to the point, an act of war by a NATO member against the State of Israel.

Ten years ago, Turkey’s behavior would have been unthinkable. Ankara was Israel’s best friend in a region where every other neighbor wishes, to one degree or another, the Jewish state’s destruction. . . .

As the think-tankers like to say: “Who lost Turkey?” In a nutshell: Kemal Ataturk. Since he founded post-Ottoman Turkey in his own image nearly nine decades ago, the population has increased from 14 million to over 70 million. But that five-fold increase is not evenly distributed. The short version of Turkish demographics in the 20th century is that Rumelian Turkey–i.e., western, European, secular, Kemalist Turkey–has been outbred by Anatolian Turkey–i.e., eastern, rural, traditionalist, Islamic Turkey. . . .

Iran is going nuclear in full view of the world, and with huge implications for everything, not least the price of oil. Meanwhile, NATO’s only Muslim member has decided it would rather be friends with Iran, Sudan and Syria. And all this in the first decade of the 21st century. So much for stability.

If you’ve not read Mark Steyn before, I highly recommend that you go through his archives.  He was sounding the alarm about Islamic expansionism and demographics long before it became cool.

Shalom.

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