The solution to the crisis in Turkey is not in a state of emergency, but rather the return to democracy.
Elections have just concluded after a campaign dominated by the issue of reunification between the island's Greek and Turkish communities.
Europe today, though not dead, is in deep disarray, heart-rendingly for very many and menacingly for the world.
It was certainly not because it posed any threat. The plane is old, and the Russians were careful not to arm it with missiles.
If there is a lesson to be drawn from the Nov. 1 Turkish elections, it is that fear works.
As Turkey gears up for one of the most important elections in its recent history, the country appears to be coming apart at the seams.
Earlier this month Isis released footage of the decapitated body of 82-year-old antiquities department chief Khaled Asaad, whose body was later hung from Palmyra's ruins.
The agreement between Turkey and the U.S. to cooperate against the Islamic State in Syria brings to mind a description of "crackpot realists."
The attack in the southern city of Suruç targeted a gathering of 300 Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) members from Istanbul.
A quiet meeting this past March in Saudi Arabia, and a recent anonymous leak from the Israeli military, set the stage for what may be a new and wider war in the Middle East.