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Speaking at the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit, former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said Turkey was on the edge of one of the most combustible parts of the world, and that an explosion such as military action in Iran or wider violence in Syria would be catastrophic for world stability.

“Turkey is a key pivotal power. Its success as a European-type democracy is vital for Europe’s security,” he said.

In order to illustrate what he said was Turkey's importance, Brzezinski described two scenarios. “Imagine what the region would be like if Iran became like Turkey, an impressively modernizing democracy. The region would become much more stable. Conversely, in a far more unlikely scenario, imagine what the region would be like if Turkey - because of religious or ethnic violence - became like Iran. It would be like transmission belt of violence to Europe,” he said.

November/15/2012

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mara mcglothin

11/16/2012 6:00:48 AM

ILKER See below. It look s SINAN's heart is filled to overflowing with Ataturk. Wake up man and look around you!

mike alexander

11/16/2012 4:32:31 AM

My friend Jim Rebel must be a very objective person since he forgets to mention the Grey Wolfs in Turkey, who have been puting fires in the Greek Islands and killed people in Turkey for years now !!!

ilker avni

11/16/2012 12:10:11 AM

Turkey will never end up like Iran,Ataturk is still the soul of Turkey and that will never die.Erdogans idealogy is not for the Turkish people,his party, is, or will be on the slide, as his popularity declines.Locking up generals is one thing ,locking up journalists is another matter,it wont be long before he faces trials to wards the end of his political life.

Ottoman Reactionary

11/15/2012 11:26:18 PM

@Everyone We will do our way no matter who lead Turkey Erdogan, Bahceli ... even if whole world is against US. We will shape Turkey OUR way even if that would mean end of everything, our lives, Everything. US/EU is meaningless to us. We had country for hundreds, thousands of years, NOBODY HELPED US except Muslims, God. And yes we don't care about your Islamophobia, Concerns about Our laws.

Nikos T.

11/15/2012 11:10:16 PM

@Jim, you're really confused. Far right parties exist in every country. Members of your own parliament salute it's other with the wolf's signal. This is not the issue. Furthermore church's business is not the issue. Vatican has a bank of it's own and Orthodox church does also business. What all these has got to do with Turkey turning into a religion country, whatever the religion is. If you like it move to Iran. Most Turks want a free country. This means religion has nothing to do with politics.

Fred Doyle

11/15/2012 10:30:08 PM

@hakan Are you kidding? The extremist of Islam often speak about the Zionist (like you did) or the Christian Infidels, or the poisoning of young Muslim minds with western culture. As an outsider looking in, the problem as I see it, is Islam has never gone through a Reformation like the west did in Europe after the Middle Ages. It the ability to question religious authority. Which would be more difficult, disobeying a man, or disobeying a man that claims to speak for God?

Jon Goodfellow

11/15/2012 9:32:20 PM

There is more nuance to this debate of religious vs. secular than many assume. Europe still has an underlying Christian culture that influences every day thought and action today, both individual and institutional. For example, some Western European nations still have national churches, which one must declare at birth, and revenues are steered towards them based on numbers. Even though secular in orientation, the machinery of religious organization is still there to become active potentially.

Blue Beyond

11/15/2012 8:39:02 PM

Hakan, do you mean Islamophobia like Israel extending citizenship to its Muslim population and including Arabs in the military, professions, parliament, judiciary? Or Islamophobia like giving Palestinians semi-autonomy to govern themselves and police themselves - with weapons? Give us some examples of actual Islamophobia outside of your feverish imagination.

KıbrıslıTürk

11/15/2012 7:02:30 PM

Peter Kypros@ "Europe managed to separate religion from politics" So that means Greece is not part of Europe? The Greek Orthodox Church has long been not just a religious force but also an economic one, with a stake in the Greek National Bank, landholdings second only to the Greek government and a clergy bankrolled by the state.

Tekion Particle

11/15/2012 6:36:53 PM

SINAN, Empires built on fear. Fear of losing your head. The Ottomans were the same. I doubt god had anything to do with its success or failures. The AKP has embarked on a path of systematically destroying secular system which is a template for democracy to recreate Turkey in their own image, probably and Authoritarian Islamic Republic similar to Iran installing MR ERDOGAN as supreme leader who will be deciding who loses their heads and who keeps it. I fear the worst to come.
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