Partners and Nations

I want to repost this thought from a year ago, long before Iraq and its hapless Prime Minister Maliki hit the news again.


“How happy is the one who says ‘I am a Turk’.” – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

“Every morning I make my students tell lies. None of the children are Turks. Everyone here, including us teachers, is Kurdish.”School teacher in Turkey

“Listen, she’s not one of us.” – Christian radio host

In early 1919, what was to become the country of Turkey was prostrate, the middle of a defeated Ottoman Empire, partitioned and occupied by the victorious Allies.

Just four years later, in October 1923, Mustafa Kemal, who had organized and led an armed insurgency and nationalist movement against the Allies and their puppet Sultanate, repelling French, Greek, and British troops, was able to declare the independence of a new nation whose sovereignty was shortly recognized by the rest of the world.

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