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Turkey should follow in its ancestors’ footsteps and go everywhere they have travelled to, the Turkish prime minister said during the opening ceremony of Kütahya Zafer Airport on Nov.25. 
“We move with the minds of our Dumlupınar martyrs,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. “We move with the spirit that founded the Ottoman Empire.”
Erdoğan then criticized the opposition for asking “what [Turkey] was doing in Gaza, Syria and Sudan.”
“We must go everywhere our ancestors have been,” Erdoğan said. “We can not take [Atatürk's philosophy of] peace at home, peace in the world as passivity.”
“We have no eyes on any country's land,” Erdoğan said. “We want stability in the region as much as we want stability in our homeland. We always side with dialogue to solve problems, but if there is a threat against our country then we will not refrain from taking the necessary precautions. We will not remain silent.”
PM slams Ottoman TV show
In the same speech Erdoğan also dished out heavy criticism on the hit Turkish TV series, “Muhteşem Yüzyıl,” (The Magnificent Century) for its portrayal of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman.
“We alerted the authorities on this and we wait for judicial decision on it,” Erdoğan said. “Those who toy with these values should be taught a lesson within the premises of law.”
Muhteşem Yüzyıl is a popular TV show airing in Turkey and abroad, which follows the lives of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman and his love Hürrem Sultan. The show focuses more on Süleyman's personal life and palace life, portraying characters from the harem, as well as from the royal family.


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MR Somalia

12/7/2012 10:04:09 AM

Erdogan is a grandson of a real Ottoman while his oppositions and those that don't like him are what the Ottomans conquered. Of course their anger can be understood. God bless the grandsons of Osman like Erdogan Osman XXI :) Keep up the good work Erdogan and ignore the conquered minors.

Turk down under

11/27/2012 3:25:20 PM

Truth be told in the soap opera or not, we all know that the Ottoman Empire came to its end...and so too shall the reign of the terrible trio! We Turks take our tv very seriously. If the Sultan, sorry I mean PM, starts meddling with our prime time then his end is very near indeed!

mike alexander

11/26/2012 6:49:26 PM

Bottom line guys, the Turks deserve a better Government. This Government have been collecting wealth to buy arms & have its people work with very low wages. The trio (Erdogan, Davodoglu, Bagis) R collecting the blood of the Turkish people, & instead they focus in the Ottoman Empire & making enemies, without worring about the internal problems which the average Turk is facing in the hospitals, work, women issues, prisons, etc. I just hope the Turkish people will kick them out ASAP for their shake

ismail demir

11/26/2012 6:42:14 PM

greeks already demand about byzantine churchs, although byzantine state was erased from map 550 years ago.There is nothing wrong about mentioning Turkey s rights about former ottoman lands some countries invaded just 100 years ago.


11/26/2012 6:28:55 PM

@JD-since you r the resident turk hater in HDN I dont really care what you know about SA but I do know that what spanish did to native SA definitely puts them on par with -if not surpass- ottomans... but that is besides the point, what I ment to say before and what you have so elegantly confirmed yourself just now is, you ignore crimes -old and new- of the western civilization...Typical really

Johanna Dew

11/26/2012 2:24:41 PM

@CEMRETAN: if you cannot see the difference between the rhetoric of your PM who talks about lands which was once conquered and plundered and for example the political and economical ties Spain maintain on equal base with most countries in S. America, then you simple dont understand civilizations. And I know a lot of S. America regards

Roger Harding

11/26/2012 1:47:33 PM

The PM has too many opinions about too many minor things. From beer drinking at music festivals to soap operas. He seems to be reaching for AKP's natural peak. Control people's private lives with a toxic cocktail of religion, nationalism and politics. Time has come to phase out Erdogan's role in Turkish politics, I think. In any case, Turkey should prevent Erdogan from becoming President. He will be dictatorial and devisive for Turkey.


11/26/2012 1:42:34 PM

@ Stella: It's obvious your not very fond of the Turks, judging by your comments all over the place however after reading this one I have only one thing to say... keep dreaming about Konstantinopel, because that is the only place you will see it as that!


11/26/2012 1:21:32 PM

@STELLA AND JD: I am in no way a fan of our PM or his party but if you think dutch, brits, french, greeks do not have or do not want influence in places they once ruled over then I dont know which world you are living in?


11/26/2012 12:25:55 PM

This is so strange, I can not imagine any other politician, in Turkey or anywhere else, who could possibly survive getting himself involved with so many issues, small and large, and so irrelevant to his job function and definition.
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