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What if the plot is to isolate Turkey?

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The outrage ignited by the recent NATO drill scandal in Norway has sparked a debate on Turkey’s membership in the Transatlantic alliance, compounding the latent anti-Western and anti-American sentiment.

In retrospect, Turkey has always had a love-hate relationship with the West. Since the late Ottoman Empire, Western civilization has functioned both as a model for modernization and an object of cultural contempt due to its perceived moral decay. Western interference in the late Ottoman era, as well as the bitter experiences during Turkey’s War of Independence, solidified the idea that the West was a rival bloc that was eager to partition Turkey at the first opportunity. This suspicion toward the Western world – also known as the Sèvres Syndrome – has continued to haunt Turkish policymakers while nurturing periodic anti-Western sentiment.

Turkey is now experiencing one of those rare periods in which its relations with both Europe and the United States have reached a nadir. In the past, whenever there was tension with one, Turkey would move closer to the other so as to maintain........

© Hürriyet Daily News