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Reader comment on item: A Million Moderate Muslims on the March

Submitted by Henrik Ræder Clausen (Denmark), May 13, 2007 at 13:55

Having watched the Turkey-EU process closely since 2004, I'm speechless. I had hoped the Turks would take over the responsibility for reforms and secularism of the state, but I had never expected anything on this scale.

While it doesn't solve any of the issues pertaining to the European Union, this is a milestone. Millions taking to the streets peacefully protesting Islamic-inspired rule. I expect it will now be much harder for Erdogan to slip through anything undermining the secular Turkish tradition.

It's a significant backlash for Islamism worldwide. Fearlessly, the Turks took over the street and voiced their dissent. Islamism has *no* meaningful answer to this, when it loses its edge of fear. In Danish media, there's already a consensus that Islamism has no useful answers for any of the challenges in society. It's hollow.

I have no idea what is going to happen next. Somehow, I expect it to be good.


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