In recent days the world has seen rulers overthrown, governments elected, embattled and deposed by the tumult of the Arab peoples. Turkey meanwhile, rocking and tossing in the waves, has been a great ship of state. While the Arab peoples are going through these changes, Turkey is a model of moderation and mediation throughout the Mediterranean, in cooperation with Europe, and the United States. Still ahead of the world’s GDP growth in the last decade and a bit behind the emerging markets, compared to any advanced countries Turkey did really well and the perception from the West is now different.
Against public opinion
Like the Iron Lady, the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said: “Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”Ceylan Ozbudak
While America has become embroiled in a seemingly interminable conflict, Turkey ended up having a strong friendship with the Afghan government and the goodwill of the Afghan people. A July 2012 survey in Kabul of 1,259 people shows that Afghanistan relies mostly on Turkey, and consider Turkey to be Afghanistan’s one and only true best friend.