Here's the scenario: a country with a long-running ethnic insurgency faces a choice between escalation and conciliation. The government bravely chooses the latter, unveiling a package of reforms to address separatist concerns and try to calm tensions, with a view to a negotiated settlement. The opposition plays the populist card, accusing the government of giving in to terrorists and betraying national unity.

It could be any number of places -- Spain, for example, where the Basque separatist campaign has played out in much this fashion. But this week it's Turkey, and the government is pursuing peace with the Kurds, whose very existence was long denied by official policy.