Где для Турции Запад?

Когда парламент Турции в марте 2003 года проголосовал против разрешения американским войскам открыть северный фронт против Ирака, традиционному стратегическому партнёрству Турции с Соединёнными Штатами наступил конец. Две страны по-прежнему признают, что у них много общих интересов, но сейчас они заботятся об этих интересах совершенно по-разному.

Результаты голосования потрясли "старушку Европу" и арабский мир не меньше, чем администрацию Буша. Европейцы, считавшие Турцию потенциальным "троянским конём" Америки в Европейском Союзе, были вынуждены пересмотреть свои взгляды. Для многих арабов голосование стало свидетельством того, что Турция - не лакей Америки и не станет потворствовать её имперским замыслам, несмотря на близкие отношения между Турцией и Израилем.

Долго назревавшие разногласия между Турцией и США дошли до критической отметки, когда курды северного Ирака стали главными союзниками Пентагона в иракской войне. Американская администрация ясно дала понять, что военного вмешательства Турции в Северном Ираке она не потерпит.

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