16 April 2012 /TARIK RAMAZAN
It should be borne in mind that Turkey’s stance on the Arab revolutions has been clear and strong at times, but more cautious at other times such as in the case of Syria.
Turkey waited for seven months before making its stance on the Syrian issue clear. Turkey’s prime minister was the first to praise the Tunisian people, to call for the Egyptian president’s resignation, and to support the Libyan revolution. Today, it requires more detailed analysis to determine Turkey’s aims and strategies. Does Turkey indeed represent the ideal political prototype, which the Arab countries should simulate in order to achieve a true democracy? The answer is never as simple as “yes” or “no.” There are always some things that should be taken as an example and others to be avoided. But I believe the Turkish model should be seen, much more, as a transition model rather than a final model.