Trouble in Turkey

Young middle-class Turks don't have much of a tradition of political protest. But nearly a million of them poured into the streets of Istanbul--some chanting "We don't want another Iran!"--to demonstrate against the country's Islamic-leaning but democratically elected government. The protest was part of a larger revolt by Turkey's "secular establishment," which includes the army and parts of the judiciary, against a political party that has been in power for five years. The ostensible reason was that the ruling party nominated Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a conservative Muslim, for President. But by attacking Gul, the country's urban élite runs the risk of...

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