You have some good points. I think even a moderate Islamic government is bad news if they can strive for a better seperation of church and state.
I think a seperation of church and state is necessary for a democracy, but very hard to achieve. The U.S. isn’t good at it, neither is Turkey.[/quote]
So far I agree with you.
Hm, but it seems they are not:
Turkey abuse claims ‘on the rise’
An EU delegation on a fact-finding mission to Turkey has reported a “worrying” increase in allegations of torture and abuse in the country.
One of the main reasons why Turkey’s application for the EU membership has been dragging along so slowly is its problematic human rights record. And the Turkish military has played a very bad role over decades on this part.
[quote]I think in that country, the military is a necessary sanity check on the government. Perhaps Turkey could be a model for the Iraqi government, including the occasional military coup.
Perhaps more militaries should step in when the governments of thier countries get out of hand.[/quote]
I find that a very problematic statement - essentially it turns democracy on its head, by making governments report to the military, not the military report to the government. History is full of examples how fucked up these ‘benevolent attempts’ of restoring order have usually ended.