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I, too, rooted for the coup

Reader comment on item: Why I Rooted for the Turkish Coup Attempt

Submitted by Ann Wiggins (United States), Jul 20, 2016 at 15:26

As a military family we lived in Turkey for 2 1/2 years. We lived on the economy, had many Turks for friends and learned to speak the language well enough to take care of our basic needs. I am not able to carry on a social conversation. We were very happy there. Our fifth child was born in Izmir. We try to return every two years and visit the friends we have known for about 50 years. Our children played on the streets of Bostanli with Turks and to this day they still correspond. When we go over we always have at least one dinner together.

I am saddened by what has happened in Turkey since the current administration has seized power. I pray the people will wake up and realize they need to return to the philosophy of Ataturk - secularism and democracy. I am heartsick thinking it will be difficult for me to return to Turkey unless there is a change.


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