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I don't think you can make this analysis. I'm not going to patronize you and say it is more complex, but the fact is, Turkey is a big country that wields lots of leverage, power, strategic influence. It would demand AND deserve a sizable chunk of the vote. Mexico might come into such an agreement a little bit supplicant because it has no inherent strategic value the way that Turkey does, both geographically, culturally and militarily. Turkey would not supplicate itself whatsoever.

And when you consider that the US is and probably always will be Turkey's biggest ally, then you've effectively invited a fifth column inside Europe's decision making chamber.

Mind you, I am fully in favor of Turkey's joining the EU. But it's not without its pitfalls. I'm not sure you can brush aside genocide so quickly either. It's a horrific think. I'm of two minds on it, however. If it's very important to the continent to have turkey join, then you simply have to ignore the genocide issues. I could be reading it incorrectly, but I do think that's a non-starter.

by Upstate NY on Fri Jun 17th, 2005 at 01:28:48 PM EST
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