Pangs of a great nation


Turkey by name but hardly by nature, the great struggle for a threatened free state begins with impressive public outcry.

The Ottoman Empire which emulated the great conquests of Alexander saw a different revival with the elegant Ataturk who inspired the west towards a more benevolent approach. Those early days of fresh aspirations and relative democracy has now found a champion in the majority of its people who will not tolerate oppressive religious regimes.
The present mass demonstration against the acceptance of a religious radical in power demonstrates the acute sensitivity that moderate Muslims in Turkey and other parts of the Islamic world experience as a result of the carnage being caused in the name of the Prophet.

Turks aspire as most potentially viable countries within reach of Europe, to a close relationship with the capitalist secular countries which they admire and which tourism they hope to attract. Turks are not by nature easily repressed people nor easily led by western values This highly defined sense of identity paves the way for a future relationship with Europe that will therefore have to respect their differences although such differences already exist within the present membership. The West is suspect as always and has little understanding of the ways of tribal peoples having travelled too far from its own similar roots. In the United States and Britain for example, massive urban concentrations within rigid political and ideological systems protecting democratic values have left little if any of the original cultural idiosyncrasies of the peoples who originally formed the different ethnic sectors. It is not difficult to work out what would have happened between the Irish and the English and the Balkans in the United States if such systems had not been put in place. Even then, this did not prevent the assassinations of various Presidents for ill concealed reasons or the need to have the country armed to the teeth, apparently it would appear, to protect the people from their governors.,, Where this blanket and illusory form of government based on a sellable dream, has not taken place, such as in those with rural scattered peoples, central control has tended to be strict with authority protecting the rich and socially influential against those with little more than a shack and arid soils. Vestiges of this system can even now be seen in the more dependent countries of modern Europe itself. Without outside aid the fate of such peoples is usually left to providence and the litany of disasters (including provoked civil wars) is the daily fare, alas, of Western television entertainment.

The Turkish people have emigrated to practically every corner of the world creating their own wealth through cooking and skilful ability to integrate. Hospitable and affectionate by nature, they integrate without sign of religious intolerance or reaction against those that have afforded them a way out of their own country’s inability to feed them. Whereas the majority of them are of the Muslim faith, they reflect a variety of religious beliefs and agnosticism especially among the Kurds who despite their common regional identity derived from the ancient Persians and Sufis, are as different from one another faith wise as their ancestors determined. Compressing such peoples under a common religious yoke is obviously doomed to failure from the start. It is also a foregone conclusion as to where the integrity of the nation would go in a relatively short time in the event of such an attempt and without event taking radical Islamic control on board.

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