Σάββατο, 25 Ιανουαρίου 2014

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What it looks like from across the ocean is that polemics are causing deep divisions and polarization in Turkish society and causing confusion and a lack of credibility with regard to foreign affairs. The latest picture of Turkey shows that people need to be more aware of the influences that have molded them over thousands of years so as to be able to face the problems that come with change.
For Turkey, the year 2013 ended with a damaged democracy, a government corruption scandal and conflict between the Gülen movement and the government. There is growing aggravation that is becoming a tsunami. In a televised end of the year address, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, "I invite every one of our 76 million people to stand up for themselves, to defend democracy and to be [united] as one against these ugly attacks on our country," blaming "dark forces" and foreign countries for the current chaos in Turkey. Even though it's great to hear Erdoğan call the whole nation to duty and not just his 50 percent, it's unbearable to start the new year with an old-fashioned speech. Turkish politicians have always preferred to believe in conspiracy theories rather than face the causes of problems. And some politicians cannot give up on their old habits. Even though Turkey is ready for an open democracy it seems that the prime minister and the circle around him want to stay in a closed society.

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