We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I had a Turkish tenant in my apartment who ran his family's pistachio export business out of the second bedroom. Nice guy, very westernized. It was around 1997- 2001.
Easy-going, paid his bills on time, no problems at all.
He's now a US citizen, and blames the EU for not accepting Turkey as the reason for the abrupt change of direction.
He was not pleased about the direction the country was taking, and said neither were most business people. He didn't think the Islamists would last because they would probably kill business.
They didn't, though. The ruling Islamists originally tried to bring Turkey into closer alignment with Europe with the goal of joining the European Union. They averaged 7.5% GDP growth from 2002 and 2011. It was hard to argue with their results for quite some time.
Turkey's Muslim population and inability to recognize Cyprus may be the two biggest reasons preventing them from entering the EU. How you fix the first issue is beyond me, except to say my tenant was Islamic and was a very nice fellow. I'd have to say if he was indicative of the Muslim population (he said only the very poor are hardcore Islamists), the issue of religion shouldn't be a major one to overcome.
But we all have biases which are difficult.
As much as I'd love to visit Turkey, my exposure to the country is limited. My uncle spent 2 years there while in the Air Force. He loved it and had great things to say about the people. His stories about riding on the roof of various buses kept us amused.