Re: The history of the TURKS
Hello to the group. I spent 18 mos in Turkey back in the 70's. You really have to go there in order to see how much Ataturk is revered, as is the Turkish army. Unless things have changed recently most Turks understood the importance of secularism in their modern history. I never had any inkling the Turks were struggling to "find their identity" while I was there. I doubt if it exists now. They are a fiercely nationalistic people.
If I was to pick an infantry I'd hate to fight most it would be the Turks. They are a tough, proud people and produce tough,proud soldiers.
Military-wise they have modernized nicely since I was there. They still have a strong doctrine towards control of the straights. They have always strived to match the doctrine of their American and NATO allies with regard to mobility and firewpower. They have a significant maritime strike capability, a frigate and submarine heavy navy, and considerable amphibious and parachute forces.
But like I said. You really have to go there to understand how much the common Turk reveres their military, most of all the army. And the army is the most secular institution in the nation so I dont see Turkey striving to be the leader of the Islamic world. The Turks are simply to pragmatic and arent overly concerned with problems outside Turkeys interests.