Turkey Goes Back to Its Roots - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • massaraksh
    • 13.09.10 | 03:43 (IST)

    The Islamic anti-democratic culture is an indelible part of the Turkish psyche and 70 years of secularization failed to erase it. Islamists tried and failed to reverse Turkish direction several times in the past, and they've never given up - they learned from their mistakes and kept trying again and again. It looks like they've finally succeeded and the last bastion of secular Turkey - the Constitution - gave way. Erdogan once said that "Democracy is like a bus, once we reach our stop, we'll get off". It looks like the Turkish Islamists are about to reach that stop. By the way, the Turkish neighbors must be shaking in their boots, and they should if they remember the Ottoman bloody history. Truth be told, Democracy can't be imposed by force; people must embrace it themselves. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Islamic culture is compatible with Democracy. It's not the end of the world, of course, but we should face the truth and stop deluding ourselves.

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Victory in Turkey referendum makes Erdogan second only to Ataturk
    First published 01:05 13.09.10 | Last updated 01:05 13.09.10
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