Turkey's secular elites tried too hard to be European - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jake
    • 20.07.07 | 17:52 (IDT)

    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's 'Young Turks' were modeled after the Jacobin Robespierrite faction of the French Revolution. Kemal himself was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. While Kemal's revolution truly did save Turkey from the miserable fate that plagues the Islamic world today, and also from invading European powers at the end of WWI (Gallipoli as a case in point), it cannot be denied that not all aspects of Kemalism are palatable by the Asiatic Anatolian Turks. Turks are not a European people. Neighboring Azerbaijan speaks a form of Turkish. Numerous Turkic peoples dominate central Asia, formerly central Asia: the Tatars, Kazakhs, Ughurs, Uzbeks, Turkmens, and many others. Maybe it would be better for Turkey to form a confederation with these nations (many of which were also secularized under the Soviet system) rather than continuing to insist on joining the European Union, which clearly does not want Turkey. On the other hand, Turkey should keep a distance from the Arab world.

    from the article: Young voters don't care, the elite is scared of change
    First published 00:00 19.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 19.07.07
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