After a decade of war with terror in the Middle East and after a thousand pages of know-how given by Muslim countries to the U.S. explaining how weapons cannot eliminate terrorism, our American friends at last seem to have come to their senses. To their credit, this time America also seems to have chosen the perfect ally for the job in defeating al-Qaeda's ideas: Turkey.
Turkey stands out as the only Muslim-majority nation in the Middle East free from the cancer of extremism.Ceylan Ozbudak
In our era, we are again called to be courageous. We are called to unite and be with one voice, like a chorus of angels, silence the inner demons of our present world. There are times when we are 196 countries, and there are times when we must act as one world. Ideologies of evil must not be countered with a whisper, but with a roar. The troubles of our day are not small, but vast. The simple problems have been solved. It is the hard work that remains, and it is that, which was left to us. The work we must do, and the battles we must now fight, require a different set of parameters for a different set of challenges. Industrial Age weapons will not be the tools of victory in the Information Era. It will not be weapons made of iron that will prove decisive. The wars of our current world are a battle of ideas, and those with nerves of steel and the courage of their convictions will triumph.