A recent article in the Economist ranks 15 developing nations according to their political and economic stability. Developed by Lehman Brothers and the consulting firm Eurasia Group, the list "tries to measure a country's ability to withstand crises and to avoid generating them."
Ranked from most to least stable, the nations are Hungary, Poland, Mexico, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, China, Russia, Philippines, Egypt, Argentina, Colombia, Turkey, Venezuela, Indonesia.
My first thoughts on seeing the list was that Hungary and Poland seem to be doing a good job of integrating themselves into the Western world, with their high rankings. I also was surprised that Mexico was doing so well. But then a more disturbing thing became apparent. Turkey is a vitally important nation in today's world, being a bridge between West and East, and also can serve as a role model for the Muslim world, being able to combine freedom and democracy with adherence to Islam. Yet this list shows Turkey doing very poorly as far as political and economic stability is concerned, ranking below Egypt (a far poorer nation), Argentina (beset by financial crises) and Colombia (a nation long on the verge of anarchy). This can't be good news.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"