June 3, 2013

Erdogan Doubles Down

Michael Rubin, Commentary Magazine

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Erdogan is arrogant, crude, and -- at heart -- an autocrat. He may believe himself invincible. If he is not careful and if he does not begin to respect the rule-of-law and recognize that he is accountable to the Turkish people, he might find himself going the way of Mubarak, Tunisian President Ben Ali, or Yemeni President Saleh.

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