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The Islamic State has waged a yearlong military campaign in Turkey that includes suicide bombings, unguided rockets fired from Syria into Turkish border towns, and the assassination of Syrian journalists living there. The June 28 attack on
President Erdoğan needs to decide which is the bigger threat to his country
Turkey has suffered more than its share of terrorist attacks in the past year, yet its plight has received relatively little attention when compared to the intense international response to recent, similar incidents in France and Belgium. This apparent double standard has not gone unnoticed in Istanbul, where three suicide bombers attacked the airport last week, killing more than 40 people.
Across the world, from Australia to Amsterdam, landmarks were bathed in Turkey’s national colors of red and white on Wednesday as cities stood in solidarity with Istanbul.
Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport was once a gloriously modern, efficient airport for a country with big ambitions. Over the last decade, it reached well beyond its capacity and became a frustrating slog for anyone accustomed to the hurry-up-and-wait aspect of international travel.
Once the external anchor of Turkey’s democracy, the EU‘s normative influence has sunk as low as its reputation among its many erstwhile supporters, who now feel betrayed and abandoned.