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Turkey is like Iran before the Islamic revolution.

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Mar 12, 2010 at 16:04

sebnem kan wrote :

> Turkey is a striking and stunning example of a secular Islamic country. Radical Islamists, on the other hand, notorously intend to revive "untrue" rules of Islam, which is a black stain for true believers of Islam. This controversial issue, unfortunately, has turned out to be a politic power game played on Turkish people. <

Some time ago a had an exchange of interesting e-mails with a Turk I value very much. He belongs to very few sensible Turks I have met. And I can tell you why I like him so much. He is a communist. He's fed up with stupid and savage Turkish jingoism, Turkish myths and lies he has been taught at school and hears spread around him. He sees what sort of reality is hidden behind these Turkish daydreams and lies. He doesn't deny the genocide, doesn't extol Kemalism, is hostile towards Islam without sparing the militarists his sharp censure. He's very unhappy about how things are going around him. He has told me that today's Turkey is in his eyes like Iran before the Islamic Revolution. Kemal is like Reza Pahlevi. Reza Pahlevi with his laws and example made Iran look "a striking and stunning example of a secular Islamic country" ... for some time at least. But in the long run Iran didn't want to look secular at all and made a different choice. The same holds true for Turkey. It keeps up secular appearances but it is Islamic through and through and it will make its open Islamic choice sooner or later. Who knows perhaps even Erdogan will become Turkish Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini?

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