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Marc Champion

Erdogan of Arabia

The Turkish president says modern "Lawrence of Arabias" threaten the Middle East. It doesn't need to make sense.
Ottoman style.
Ottoman style.

Every once in a while, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just blows your mind.

This morning, Turkish jets carried out airstrikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, after days of rioting and attacks by Kurds infuriated by Turkey's abandonment of the Kurdish defenders in Kobani, Syria. The bombing probably means the end of Turkey's 18-month cease-fire and peace talks with the PKK, a huge decision by Erdogan and, in my view, a tragic if predictable mistake.