Funny thing is, Mr. Biden did not mention anything about these so-called "purges." Nor did he "take Turkey to task" about how it was trying to re-establish order. It would have been the height of hypocrisy if he had. What do we mean by hypocrisy here? The words "Patriot Act" and "Freedom Act" are enough. It was the Americans who first suggested that a limitation of certain freedoms had to be accepted in the name of the war on terrorism. As late as last May, the former British prime minister, David Cameron, said: "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone ... that's helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance." At the same time that Cameron was uttering these words, the current British prime minister, Theresa May, stated: "This government will challenge those who seek to spread hatred and intolerance."
But more importantly was how Nouman Ali Khan evaluated the events of July 15. He suggested that the way in which Turkey reacted to the coup attempt should be a role model for the entire Muslim world. Khan expressed how impressed he was by the Turkish reaction and how rare such resolution against tyranny and injustice was.
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