Turkey is not like what you believe it is - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • RealTurk
    • 29.11.10 | 22:43 (IST)

    Living in Turkey what I can say is that Turkey is not turning into an Islamist state as commonly believed. Anyone who observes the daily life in Turkey will easily realize that besides being modern and developed, it has been having traditional roots on mostly Turkish customs for decades which is much related to Islam as well. But that's not something new in Turkey, it just takes more attention as the ruling party is much more conservative or let me say neo-conservative or in other words it takes much more attention as it is politicized very powerfully for the first time. It's true that Turkey has more democracy now when compared to past, and apparently need much of it. I don't personally trust to Erdogan's party on that point, still it's also very clear to the people who live in Turkey that, there is no other political party right now that will make Turkey more liberal. CHP is very secular but also very strict about minority rights, Cyprus and EU. And MHP is too nationalist. Only AKP represents a liberal but conservative point of view especially for the new middle class growing in the central Anatolia. You guys should keep in mind that, Turkey has the fastest growing economy in Europe and Istanbul’s economy alone is larger than that of 12 EU countries, and there is a growing liberal economy as well. Do you really think that the biggest companies of the country will let the government to destroy her by turning Turkey into an Islamist state like Iran? I believe everybody commenting here knows very well that they are not actually governments who run countries. If Erdogan’s party is to be overthrown one day, I believe it will be done by the people who share the top 10% of the welfare of the country, not by the military power of the country, and if there is any other party than AKP to follow liberal politics, there will be no charming point of Erdogan or his party for the public as well. People vote for AKP not merely for its conservative stand; This government passed a health reform which covers everybody in the country like the one US passed last year, so everybody can go to any hospital without paying, this government started the direct talks with UE for the first time, it definitely doubled the per-capita income, people easily had their own house with a governmental system like mortgage, the inflation rates decreased a lot, lots of new universities inaugurated, foreign and local investment increased the job opportunities, although still lacking much, democratic rights of people increased compared to past, Kurdish for the first time recognized as a language, for the first time Kurdish politicians had their group in the parliament… etc. It is true that Turkey has a long way to take for the sake of democracy, but what he does in middle-east is not related with being Islamist, it is related with the ambitious desires of a country who had a power over the region once upon a time, and who wants to have the same power of control again

    from the article: Thank you, Turkey
    First published 03:35 29.11.10 | Last updated 03:35 29.11.10
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