“We don’t want to become another Iran, another Afghanistan,” said Hanife Sahin, a retired nurse, stooping under the red tent formed by a Turkish flag that ran like a river over the crowd.
Reports say that more than 300,000 secular protesters, who are alarmed by the creeping Islamization of the country, took part in the protest to keep Turkey secular.
Unlike the stupid Iranian intellectuals of the previous generation who lined up behind the Islamists in 1979, Turkey's intellectuals have seen what has happened in their neighbouring country, and will not follow in the footsteps of their Iranian counter-parts.
The Islamists in Turkey however, are not on their own. They are funded and organised. Iranian petro-dollars and aid to Islamist parties in the region enables the Islamists to win support through their charitable social programs. The secular forces in the region can only win if they remain in solidarity with each other and combat the regional threat of Islamic fundamentalism together through a regional unity. A secular victory in Iran, will be a secular victory in Turkey and other countries in the region and vice-versa.
If the secular forces in Turkey do not support the secular dissidents in Iran, the Islamic Republic funding and organising will soon win the day in Turkey. It is in our common interest to unite against the fundamentalist threat.
Great & important post. “the Islamists to win support through their charitable social programs.” IR used and uses the same tactic in Lebanon via Hezbollah.
About Turkey and Iran, I think Turkey plays a critical role here, more than any other neighbour of Iran. However, neither is impervious to the temptations of the other. In Turkey we have seen a religious party win a fifth of the votes in a free election and play an important role in national politics. I do sincerely hope that the secular elements remain united and fight. Of course the same applies to those wanting a secular/democratic regime in Iran.
Very important post, indeed. Petro-Islam have been working overtime to turn the entire region into an Islamic theocracy in hopes of using their natural resources in the future to expand even further. Very scary.Are U.S. and U.K. foreign-policy makers doomed to reapeat the lesson of Iran in 1979 in Turkey, Morocco, and Iran again?
Very true. Best of luck to the Turkish secular comrades.
You are all doomed if you fight Allah. Moslems are winning every where. You are all F&^ked
tariq, the lizard incarnation: Allah is obviously not on your side...Look at your lamentable and miserable lives.
Important article - Mullahs & The Media
why do you censor some comments but allow a%^%$%^les' comments like this filthy Tariq khan here?
Which one have I censored? If there has been an oversight, please accept my apologies and post your comment again. I normally only moderate the marketing ones and those who use vulgar language.
3 persons slain at firm publishing, distributing Bibles
“I am shocked that a German citizen is among the victims. Even if the exact circumstances of the crime are not yet known, I most strongly condemn this brutal crime”
Assailants yesterday tied up three persons at a publishing house that distributes Bibles in Turkey and then slit their throats, adding to a string of attacks apparently targeting the country's tiny Christian ... via Washington Times
"stupid Iranian intellectuals" lol
Intellectuals should have figured out a long time ago that they are always targets of elimination of totalitarian governments and dictators. All they have to do is look at what has happened to their fellow intellectuals throughout history.
Sometimes intellectuals are blindly naive and stupid.
Our fight will never end again non-secular ignorants. Good luck to your fight against non-seculars too.
Cemal from Ankara/Turkey
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