29 April 2012 /AHMET TAŞGETİREN
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's recent speech on Turkey's Middle East policies is likely to have broad repercussions. His statements [about Turkey's determination to lead a “wave of change” in the Middle East] undoubtedly signal an idealist perspective. But this perspective will surely face severe opposition and obstacles in reality.
Among the Middle Eastern countries, Turkey is seen not only as a sister country, but a country pioneering a new order that is also emerging in these countries. I want to suggest that those criticizing Turkey's Middle East policies go and ask the people in these countries about their views on Turkey's foreign policy; they will hug you without waiting for you to finish your question and express their gratitude for Turkey's honorable policies. … After all, our compass while determining policies is of course our own values and benefits. But our guide is our conscience. And for this reason Turkey cannot simply sit back and watch what is happening to our neighbor Syria.