Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Turkey's middle class are becoming more Islamic, and I'm actually thinking this is not a bad thing for us. So far, we've seen the Europeans emerge as the Islamic world's greatest allies, with the Atlanticists leading the defense of everything Islamic. This is due to the fact that their nearest Islamic neighbors and erstwhile adversaries, the Turks, have been subdued. If Turkey were to become more Islamic, India wouldn't really be affected, but there would once again be that pressure on the Gates of Vienna (ie. the borders of Europe). This would help to dislodge the pro-Islamist sentiment amongst the Atlanticists. Even Gandhi once counseled the Indian Congress Party to support the Muslim demand for return of the Caliphate in Turkey -- though obviously he did so to cater to the vote bank. However, I'm thinking that this isn't such a bad idea, in hindsight. After all, why should we give the Euros a free ride? They want to be pro-Islamic, so let them then be overrun by Islam. That'll teach 'em: be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.