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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I completely agree with this.
    Not me, these were not ordinary criminal thugs nor were they the standard "jealous local guys". Rather, they were a relatively large group of religously motivated attackers.

    In short, this may well be grounds for concern.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    I hate to break it to everyone but Turkey is not an ally because they sociologically, or politically, or even religiously agree with us. Over 99% of the nation is still Muslim, with a healthy chunk of that being Sunnis. There is no real reason to conclude that everyone will always get along just because we call them a regional ally for entirely that reason, the region we can strike from using their nation as a starting point.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Turkey better clamp down on this quickly.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Turkey better clamp down on this quickly.
    Or what? The US isn't giving up its airbases in Turkey for any price. They are too strategically important.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Or what? The US isn't giving up its airbases in Turkey for any price. They are too strategically important.
    Or Turkey will be made to answer. Having bases there isn't a green light to treat one's allies like this. Turkey has a virulent rising extremist side.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Or Turkey will be made to answer. Having bases there isn't a green light to treat one's allies like this. Turkey has a virulent rising extremist side.
    No they won't be made to answer. The US won't give up the airfields over some locals harassing sailors.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    No they won't be made to answer. The US won't give up the airfields over some locals harassing sailors.
    Perhaps they would like some setbacks on the military hardware we send them. I think this incident alone will cost them plenty in tourism.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

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    Perhaps they would like some setbacks on the military hardware we send them. I think this incident alone will cost them plenty in tourism.
    Tourism is nothing. We made a deal with the devil when it came to Turkey decades ago. Nothing is going to change that with the middle east in turmoil. Not having those airfields makes that trip a lot longer.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Tourism is nothing. We made a deal with the devil when it came to Turkey decades ago. Nothing is going to change that with the middle east in turmoil. Not having those airfields makes that trip a lot longer.
    We are a global arms dealer.


    You DON'T piss off the guy that supplies your military. As a general rule.
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: US Sailors Victims of Videotaped Attack in Istanbul

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Tourism is nothing. We made a deal with the devil when it came to Turkey decades ago. Nothing is going to change that with the middle east in turmoil. Not having those airfields makes that trip a lot longer.
    Tourism in Turkey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Its the 6th most visited place on earth. Lets see how treating westerners in such a way impacts that.

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