ISIL, Islamophobia and a typical dilemma | Hürriyet Daily News |

There was a time when, in these colorful opinion pages of the Hürriyet Daily News, me and my column neighbor Burak Bekdil appeared as “sparring partners.” We had rebuttals and counter-rebuttals on the then burning question of whether the AKP (Justice and Development Party) was a positive or negative force in Turkey. Basically, I was a big optimist on the AKP, whereas Mr. Bekdil was a bleak pessimist.

That was the first decade of the AKP, from 2002-2012. Yet, in the next three years, I grew disillusioned and disappointed with the AKP experience. So, I will give that to Mr. Bekdil; on that old debate, he basically turned out be right, at least more right than me, and albeit for different reasons. I respectfully admit it.

That is partly why when I opened my copy of the Hürriyet Daily News yesterday, I was curious to see that Mr. Burak Bekdïl had  opened up a new debate, this time, on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other militant Islamists. He referred to my recent HDN piece, “Don’t give ISIL the Islamophobia it wants.”

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