Potemkin wrote:But they don't. Not because they're nice guys, but because they're not stupid. Likewise, what Erdogan or Putin are doing isn't stupid either. The difference is that because Turkey and Russia are in relatively weak subaltern positions in the world 'community', they must be rather more aggressive in playing the Great Game than lazy freeloaders like NZ. Lol.
I obviously disagree completely. What Turkey does is stupid. Turkey went from the West's darling to pariah state, or something close to it. All for nothing. It even has a shitty relationship with Russia, Iran and Syria.
Internally it's more divided than ever. Opposition and Kurds are being oppressed, for no reason other than solidifying Erdogan's power.