The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has shown Turkey as a model for "how Islam, the Muslim world and democracy" do not contradict with each other.
Rice made a speech to the members of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and said: "I think Islam, the Muslim world, is indeed going through an evolution, and as with any evolution there are both potential negative outcomes and potential positive outcomes. The negative outcome would be the continued rise of extremism and those who would hijack the great world religion to a cause that clearly has nothing to do with Islam. Islam is a peaceful religion..."
Turkey has a secular government system, and has been known as one of the best secular models in Middle East and Europe.