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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The rift between Turkey and the European Union is not a temporary matter; on the contrary, it is time to think rationally and take it seriously.
“Que sera, sera” is how some of us are looking at current developments in Turkey: “What will be, will be.”
Many have argued the theoretical issue of whether a democracy can tolerate the discourses of anti-democracy.
It seems that my country has lost its way like never before
We supposedly celebrated the 93th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey on Oct. 23. In fact, it seemed rather like a funeral party for the old Republic.
Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated in a TV interview last week that “they want to raise a new generations who will go out onto the streets with flags, as in the case of the July 15 coup attempt.” It means that we will live under the permanent threat of a coup for many years, meaning that in 20 years’ time, we will need people to stop expected atrocities by rushing onto the street with flags. It means that we will live for decades with vigilance against “internal enemies.”
It was about midnight on Friday when I found myself unable to resist wondering what the latest news was and switched the TV on.
In just the past decade, Turkey has turned from being lauded as a “model country” to being termed a “patria non grata” (unwanted country) by its Western allies and neighbors.
“Neither sentiment nor illusion must influence our policy. Away with dreams and shadows! …They cost us dear in the past”
İsmail Kahraman, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) member and Parliament Speaker, recently stated that “the Sultan Abdulhamid II period is a mariner’s compass to give us direction and enlighten our future.” He was speaking on the occasion of the Symposium for the Commemoration of the Birth of Abdulhamid II last week.
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