Silas Birdsell Posted 9 months ago Is the world really going to sit back and watch as these peaceful protesters in Turkey are attacked by police with chemical weapons? Be careful to remember that Turkey is an ally to the west and is generally a haven of western values. I feel like some people when seeing this level of violence immediately jump to the conclusion that we should pull a Libya and intervene. However, Libya was an entirely different situation from Syria and Turkey and Egypt and Lebanon. Each protest in each country was unique and needs to be treated as such. Turkey is the most secular and liberal country in that region with the possible exception of Israel. Turkey is the biggest ally to Europe and the USA in the region again with the possible exception of Israel. Turkey is more-so a European country than a Middle Eastern country, as proof just look at the fact that Turkey has formally requested to be admitted to the EU. With this in mind I think that the west should publicly express their discontent with Turkey's actions, with Erdogan's moves towards a more socially conservative Turkey and should subtly state that we agree with the protesters, which should be then followed by a mountain of "please and thank you"s. Turkey has made momentous movements towards being westernized and as such they deserve respect from their western comrades. We must treat them as Europeans because that is what they want, and are trying, to be.