Saturday, 10 November 2012

A mark of respect

At 9.05am today, Turkey will stand still to remember the death 74 years ago of one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Ataturk is mourned as much today as he was then. 

You can read more about Ataturk on my friend Burak Sansal's website HERE.

In fact, there's not much that Burak does not know about Turkey, and his site is always a useful point of reference for me. 

In remembrance of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk



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    1. I remember you saying Fly. One of mine too.

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  2. In his Amherst speech back in 1963, President Kennedy said this (and I think it applies to Turkey's remembrance of Mustafa Kemal.)

    A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.

    http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Ready-Reference/JFK-Speeches/Remarks-at-Amherst-College-October-26-1963.aspx

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    1. How very true Nomad. Thanks for the link xx

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  3. Yes....Mustafa Kemal Atatürk truly was a national Hero. Thank you Ayayk for posting for all to see.

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  4. He was a man light-years ahead of his time, Ayak, and deserves to be known more widely today as a shining example to other national leaders.

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    1. His achievements were quite remarkable Perpetua. Today's leaders could certainly learn a lot from him.

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  5. Really interesting and a great quote about 'unless the national is at peril'

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    1. Yes I agree KV. There are some marvellous quotes from him. I particularly like "Humankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say 'What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?' If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness".

      Wonderful man!

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  6. I've been hearing rumours that certain factions in Turkey are trying to "revisionist history" Ataturk and discredit him somehow. I certainly hope that's not the case in the majority of the population!

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    1. Hi Deniz. I've not seen or heard anything to that effect but it doesn't surprise me. There are always people who will attempt to discredit historical figures everywhere in the world. I think they may have an uphill struggle as far as Ataturk is concerned.

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