Spent almost three years stationed there in the 70's, loved it, saw a Nation trying to westernize itself, come into the modern age. Saw Europe turn them down when they wanted to join them, saw Europe and even America go against them over problems with Greece. They were a Nation caught in the middle, wanting to go to the west and not being allowed by the west, what other choice is there. They get put down for not joining the west, they tried and the west turned them away. This is a persons view based on what they saw over almost a three year period living in Turkey in Izmir. My family and I felt safe there and we loved our assignment there.