by Mark Steyn
Foreign policy "realists," back in the saddle since the Texan cowboy left town, are extremely fond of the concept of "stability":
Unfortunately, back in what passes for the real world, there is no stability. History is always on the march, and, if it's not moving in your direction, it's generally moving in the other fellow's. Take this "humanitarian" "aid" flotilla. Much of what went on — the dissembling of the Palestinian propagandists, the hysteria of the U.N. and the Euro-ninnies — was just business as usual. But what was most striking was the behavior of the Turks. In the wake of the Israeli raid,
Ten years ago,
Yet it happened. Erdogan said those words to Shimon Peres at Davos last year and then flounced off stage. Day by day what was formerly the Zionist entity's staunchest pal talks more and more like just another cookie-cutter death-to-the-Great-Satan stan-of-the-month.
As the think-tankers like to say: "Who lost
Do you ever use the expression "young Turks"? I heard it applied to the starry-eyed ideologues around Obama the other day. The phrase comes from the original young Turks, the youthful activists agitating for reform in the last decades of the
Some Western "experts" like to see this as merely a confident, economically buoyant
Demography is destiny, for the most part. For example, European Muslim populations are young, fast-growing, and profoundly hostile to Jews. European Jewish populations are old, fading, and irrelevant to domestic electoral calculations. Think of your stereotypically squishy pol, and then figure the reserves of courage it would require for the European establishment not to be anti-Israeli, and, indeed, ever more anti-Israeli as the years go by.
But demography alone isn't always destiny. A confident culture can dominate far larger numbers of people, as
Is Erdogan wrong in his calculation? Or is he, in his own fashion, only reaching his own conclusions about what
Mark Steyn is a syndicated columnist.
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