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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 05:28 PM
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Erdogan presents Turkey as model for Arabs
From CBS News:
(AP)

CAIRO - Turkey's prime minister presented his country as a model for an Arab world in turmoil, giving advice on everything from balancing secularism and Islam to challenging Israel during a high-profile visit to Egypt on Tuesday aimed at advancing his growing status as a regional leader.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a hero's welcome among Egyptians, impressed by his tough stance against Israel and searching for firm direction in a post-revolution period that has turned muddled and confused. His celebrity stood out in even greater contrast as the head of the Arab League admitted Tuesday that the pan-Arab body was "impotent" in the face of the Middle East's uprisings.

But the visit fueled a debate among Egyptians whether the Turkish model he touted - with an Islamic-based political party governing a secular democracy - was really applicable here.

Many are skeptical that Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood, which often cites Erdogan's party as a model and is likely to gain significant power, can accept Turkish-style secularism.

Despite the necessary demonizing of Turkey because of disagreements with Israel, the world could do much worse (*cough* Saudi Arabia *cough*) than have Arab countries move toward the Turkish model. Unfortunately, I'm not sure the West and America in particular might be ready for Arab countries which are not governed by a tightly-knit group of royal families. Familial monarchies who, as we've seen, are quietly in bed with some of the worst elements of American Corporatism.

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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 05:50 PM
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1. Some connections
In November of 2001, The Turkish Daily News published an article with the headline Tayyip bin Laden Relationship referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The article provided translation of a Turkish language report one of the countrys largest newspapers which stated, A Cumhuriyet headline said, referring to Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Al Kadis business partner Faruk Sarac is a close friend of the Erdogan family.

Though the Turkish Prime Minister is a close family friend of a business partner of bin Ladens financier, this may be nothing more than a coincidence.

However, another report seems to cast doubt on the coincidence theory. The Turkish Daily News reported in October 2001:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9775.ht...
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