"Fadi Hakura from the London think-tank Chatham House told CNN that Saturday's events were "a vivid illustration of Turkey's growing isolation in the Middle East." "There's a perception gaining ground in the region that the Turkish government is allied to the Muslim Brotherhood and that its foreign policy is defined by sectarian priorities," Hakura said. "Turkey has tense relations with Israel, the neighboring countries -- Iran, Syria and Iraq -- the majority of the Gulf Arab states and Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Jordan," he said. Hakura said U.S. President Barack Obama also was deeply unhappy with Turkish foreign policy in the region. "Since early August there has been no telephone contact between the U.S. President and Turkish Prime Minister and that's a reflection in part with Turkey's deepening isolation in the Middle East and also frustration in Ankara at Obama's reluctance to get involved in the conflict in Syria," he said." CNN
Erdogan is upset because the cause of his Islamist brothers has been dealt a crippling blow in Egypt. He is truly a "wolf in sheep's clothing," and the cloth is now threadbare enough to see the Middle Ages underneath his business suit.
His policy in Syria has been one of complete alignment with the Islamist rebels. He has alienated the new government in Egypt. He has weakened the Turkish Army for the purpose of strengthening his hold on power. Turkey's long standing friendly relationship with Israel is at an end.
Turkey's cities look modern? Yes, but there are many modern buildings in Saudi Arabia as well. pl