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Volkan Yuksel on February 7, 2008

"It is claimed that religious unity is also a factor in the formation of nations. Whereas, we see the contrary in the Turkish nation. Turks were a great nation even before they adopted Islam. This religion did not help the Arabs, Iranians, Egyptians and others to unite with Turks to form a nation. Conversely, it weakened the Turks' national relations; it numbed Turkish national feelings and enthusiasm. This was natural, because Mohammedanism was based on Arab nationalism above all nationalities."

"I am not leaving a spiritual legacy of dogmas, unchangeable petrified directives. My spiritual legacy is science and reason. ... What I wanted to do and what I tried to achieve for the Turkish nation is quite evident. If those people who wish to follow me after I am gone take the reason and science as their guides they will be my true spiritual heirs."

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

© Sonny☼ on February 8, 2008

Beautiful night shot!!!

Volkan, it's not very popular but IMO any religion have after all cost more lives than saved! Unfortunately the human being isn't that good as we would like to believe. If it were so, neither religion nor law would be necessary!

Metin Erinc on February 9, 2008

Volkan bey harika.

son fotoğraflarınızın hepsi çok güzel.

Miša M. on February 22, 2008

GREAT WORDS! Very good shot Volkan. Greetings from Serbia, Miša.

Volkan Yuksel on February 22, 2008

Sonny, I don't know if you can see it that way, but everything has it's positive sides. Especially considering that population needs additional means to control, since nature alone is unable to do this.

Volkan Yuksel on February 22, 2008

Metin Bey ilginize cok tesekkurler. Guzel Izmir'imizden yeni fotograflar cekebilmek ve sizlerle paylasabilmek buyuk zevkti. Selam ve saygilar, Volkan

Miša M. on February 24, 2008

Thanks for the link Volkan.

I must admit, I know now a little bit more about Ataturk - the greatest of all Turks, and his importance for the Nation. If you let me express my humble opinion, a man like he was, with his charisma, his ideas and visions Turkey needs badly, again!

Greetings from Belgrade, Serbia, and take care, Miša.

Volkan Yuksel on February 24, 2008

Perhaps after all the war between two nation the reason that Greek Prime Minister nominated Ataturk for NOBEL Peace Price is the following from the quotes are from the first link

"Following the military triumph we accomplished by bayonets, weapons and blood, we shall strive to win victories in such fields as culture, scholarship, science, and economics," he states. "The enduring benefits of victories depend only on the existence of an army of education."

Islamic Sharia law is abolished (1924) and a European-style legal system introduced (1926). Women are granted equal status (1934). Polygamy and divorce by renunciation are ended and civil marriage allowed (1926).

A new Turkish alphabet based on Latin replaces Arabic script (1928). Arabic and Persian words are dropped from the vocabulary and replaced with Turkish equivalents. The Western calendar is adopted (1925). The Western numeric system is introduced (1928), followed by the metric system (1931). Turks are encouraged to abandon traditional clothing for Western styles (1925), and to adopt surnames (1934).

Turkey is declared a secular state without an official religion (1928). Islam is suppressed, religious schools are closed (1924), public education is secularised and made coeducational, and the day of rest is changed from Friday to Sunday (1935)...

Best wishes to Belgrade, Volkan

Miša M. on February 25, 2008

Thanks Volkan for the link.

He was obviously wise man, who wanted Turkey to draw closer to the European civilization, where it belongs. I'm not quite sure if current leaders share the same attitude of mind?

Greetings, Miša.

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