Erdogan must be made to understand that if his increasingly authoritarian and benighted regime, one that strays ever farther from the secular foundations of Kemalism, is to preserve its chance to forge the economic partnerships with Europe, that chance passes through Kobani and its defense: That chance depends on the aid delivered to the heroines and the heroes of the beleaguered city.
Tough tasks await incoming Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. In the upcoming days, the Davutoğlu administration will show us whether it is possible to maintain a delicate balance between freedom of expression and national security without damaging democratic principles such as the rule of law and freedoms.
We live a world with an ever-increasing global peer review. Material or moral superiority of the West is no longer a foregone conclusion. The quicker the West sheds the illusion of the default superiority, the faster all of us can start the essential work of making liberal values relevant and compelling in a post-western world. In other words, Turkey has an Erdoğan problem, but all of us have a larger liberalism problem. This conundrum is relevant beyond Turkey. Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Hungary's Viktor Orbán and India's Narendra Modi may be manifestations of a similar phenomenon. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the liberal West told the rest of the world: "Be like us to become rich" while the 21st century is producing many illiberal ways to enrich societies.