Maybe Turkey won’t either

Maybe Turkey won’t either

Islamist party wins landslide victory in Turkish elections

Turkey is a strong ally of the US and Israel and until now has had a strictly secular government.

But the unexpected scale of the victory, built on a rout of the parties linked with a gruelling economic crisis, will also test the AKP. Founded only a year ago, it has little experience of power, faces a court case to outlaw it and has a leader banned by the courts from taking up any government post.

If the court case to outlaw the party succeeds, Turkey will unquestionably have tremendous internal turmoil. If it loses, then Turkey has an Islamist government.

I’m guessing an Islamist government would not be a strong supporter of Israel or allow itself to be used as a staging area for the US to invade Iraq.

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