Turks Question Endgame Of Kurdish Peace Effort

Confetti flies before an image of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan during a Nowruz rally in Istanbul March 17, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Turkish people have an all-or-nothing thinking pattern about the US role on crucial domestic and foreign issues that shapes their future. When American diplomats hear about it, they often express sadness of Turkey’s self-perceived vulnerability and remind us that their conduct of diplomacy has no place in meddling anyone’s domestic affairs. This common dialectic unfortunately does not help either side to correct misperceptions, and that by refusing to meet halfway — by accepting some US influence in shaping policies here, it continues to make this an unhealthy alliance.

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