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Idealism morphing into cynical manupulations of ignorant masses

Reader comment on item: Turkey's Islamist Turn, 10 Years Later

Submitted by Mozere (United Kingdom), Nov 15, 2012 at 11:07

Although the struggle in Turkey at face seems to be religious vs secularism,in reality it is the struggle of bourgeoisie vs bureaucracy.Whereas the French bourgeoisie stormed the Bastille and freed the prisoners of feudals, in Turkey the Bastille (Silivri prison) is being stuffed with mandarins of the republic.

As the struggle itself is not esentially about religion so the outcome will be nonreligious.The most likely outcome will be the domination of capitalists over the blinkered nationalists who think they are still living in 1930s. Ironicaly Ataturks dream of a "muslim" bourgeoisie is realised by the AKP.This "muslim" capitalist class ,through its mouthpiece RTE,will do no more than offer Islamic platitudes to please the plebs,but when it comes to walk the walk they will not oblige. For shariat is not good for business,as can be seen in Pakistan,a state without oil.

Too much is read into RTEs poetry and his streetcar,people do silly things when they are young and idealistic.See british left wing politicians turning Thatcherite.Ambitious men do not let idealism stand in their way.In March 2011 RTE was saying what is NATO doing in Libya bombing muslim brethern,a month later he joined them.

10 years hence I can see Turkey as a secular state just as it is now.The alternative being a state without an income from industry and tourism which nobody wants,even the deeply religious.


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