After the events of the last four days -- the U.S. Embassy was bombed and American tourist Sarai Sierra was found dead -- Turkey's reputation as a safe and moderate country has taken quite a hit in the eyes of the world. Sigh. It really makes me sad because for all that, despite its faults, Turkey remains a safe and moderate country. But I'm guessing none of my friends will come to visit now. :( I was going to write more, but frankly, I find the whole thing kind of depressing.