Barack Obama is going to Istanbul today. What a city, not necessarily one of my favorites by any means but that city is huge and unsavory and yet pious and energetic. So much history there, especially if you read the book 1453, a historical account of Constantinople being sieged and defeated by the Ottoman Turks. It’s a fascinating story and the city has a mosque converted from one of the largest churches in the world, from the Justinian period around 650AD or so. I saw underwater cisterns from the Romans.
Anyway, this is a good opportunity for Barack Obama to try and soothe some of the aggression and tension between fundamentalists and the West. I wish him luck. It would be great to be able to reduce some of the anger in the world.