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The democratic road for Turkey

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Submitted by Demsci (Netherlands), Feb 10, 2013 at 11:03

Turks often tell Westerners that they have a state abiding to both Islamic AND Democratic principles and that somehow a combination of those principles is possible. Turks have proposed that their state can be a role model for other Islamic nations, after the Arab spring. Partly because some Western democratic principles somehow ensure much wanted freedom and prosperity that pure Islamic doctrine fails to provide.

And I think they are right and in the 21st century should continue onto their democratic path and even improve it. And maybe I am naive but can't the Turks go the way of leading as much as possible a sort of Islamic-Democratic-combination-state-coalition? As MYTH pointed out; Turks, and many other Muslims, have migrated massively to WESTERN democratic countries, NOT to Russia or China of the SCO.

Well educated Turks, especially ladies, seem to be influenced considerably by Western culture, and to be loath to give up it's advantages. While I full well know that many Shariah-principles are at odds with Democratic ones, my hope still is that somehow, a significant part of the Muslims will make their peace with the Democratic nations. With a more symbolic interpretation of Islam, or preferably apostasy from it. Especially the Western nations, in which there are already so many Muslims. Who, by the way, like the Turks and many other Muslims, living in Islamic countries, do NOT have such high birthrates anymore that they can "overtake" these Democratic countries to which they migrated.


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