"Oil-based wealth gap buoys extremists
Alan Farago | Special to the Sentinel
Posted July 26, 2006
You have to walk in the shoes of a Turk to understand why America's reputation is spinning sand where we need full traction in the war against terror.
The average income in Turkey is slightly more than $8,000. But in forward-leaning cities like Istanbul, signs of wealth are everywhere.
Real-estate prices resemble those of U.S. coastal cities.
The streets of Istanbul teem with young Muslims, people who look just like anyone else you know, with the same aspirations of material comfort and happiness."
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