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Islamism as a Tool of Erdogan's Will Bring Failure in Turkey

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Submitted by Marian (United States), Apr 29, 2011 at 01:24

Islamism, as a tool of Erdogan, will hinder economic growth of Turkey in the long run. Erdogan's Islamism that he is imposing on Turkey limits and/or takes away the unalienable freedoms God gives to every human being: Freedom of life, Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press, ... These freedoms allow us to be rational, reasoning beings. See article in WORLD magazine, May 7, 2011, pages 53-54, STREETCAR DEMOCRACY by Jill Nelson. She describes the media muzzling by arresting and jailing journalists. Wiretapping without due process of law.

Especially of concern is Erdogan's proclamation made as mayor of Istanbul:"'Democracy is like a streetcar. You ride it until you get to your destination and then you get off.'" Democracy requires that the government vigorously protects human freedoms. Then an economy such as Turkey's has the opportunity to flourish. Not too long ago, the Turkish government served the people; human freedoms were protected. Erdogan has been shifting the balance with Islamism as his lever so that the people are now beginning to serve Erdogan. One question remains: when will Erdogan get off the streetcar?

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