Our host family in Turkey watched the TV news every night. My father, who was a teenager during WWII has the same habit of taking news seriously. Within the memory of our hosts and their 18-year-old son, Turkey has been through financial crises, military coups, more than 30,000 people killed by Kurdish separatists, and small wars that nearly turned into big ones (e.g., Cyprus). What is currently keeping them glued to the TV are recent attacks by Kurdish separatists that have killed 15 Turkish Army soldiers and the idea that the Turkish Army may go into Iraq.
[I pointed out that the last country to invade Iraq didn’t achieve very good results. Upon further reflection, it occurred to me that maybe this is our solution for the Iraq problem. We pull our troops out and give the country back, not to Saddam or his heirs, but to the Turks, who governed it as part of the Ottoman Empire.]