Sunday, June 3
Nevertheless, I have a few minutes to spare online right now and wanted to follow up on an embryonic post that I first put up in the Borderlands Lounge last week, when I posted link to a piece that Şafak Pavey wrote for the Guardian back in the first half of this month.
What is worse is that our rising apprehension about the direction our government is taking finds no audience among those in the west who would never tolerate such politics and restrictions in their own countries. The discourse of the west and the attitudes of its leaders are important because they influence public debate in Turkey.
However, the west, understandably obsessed by its own security concerns and strategies, looks the other way at the Turkish government's abuses. As a member of the opposition, what I want is not for the west to intervene in our internal affairs, but for it to stop shielding a government with such little regard for the values of freedom.
Who else will be able to reconcile Islam, secularism and democracy once Turkey fails? What are the global consequences of this failure?