Have doubts that Turkey has changed since the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, assumed power in 2002? A look at what arouses popular anger in Turkey today reveals a society in flux – one rapidly adopting new and risky political sensitivities.
In the past, actions considered offensive to Turkish national identity, such as support for outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, terror attacks, would have been a virtual casus belli for the Turks. Not anymore. Recent WikiLeaks reports have disclosed that Russia has been helping arm the PKK, producing barely a raised eyebrow from the Turkish public – a far cry from the angry protests that would have been expected in years past.