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"Ataturk's leagcy" as cherry-picking

Reader comment on item: Turkey's Islamist Turn, 10 Years Later
in response to reader comment: Turkish hagiography and its Western believers and parrots

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 20, 2012 at 08:00

I regret not being able to answer Dr. Pipes' reply earlier but first my computer broke down and then I had no access to the Internet. But when major issues are involved I hope that a late answer is better than none.

Dr. Pipes wrote :

> This is called cherry-picking - finding a few quotes and claiming they have more importance than almost two decades at the top of Ottoman and Turkish politics, plus implementing policies that remain of deep consequence close to a century later.

Further, I characterized Atatürk's legacy, not he personally, as one "of looking to the West for inspiration and leadership." I stand by this description. <


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