Turkish state, faith in clash over Gallipoli

The road leading to the village house of Turkey Gallipoli hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Picture: Erdum Koc

Turkey has become embroiled in its own history wars ahead of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli as its hardline President seeks to recast the conflict as a holy war.

The Turkish government has been paying Gallipoli tour guides to give tourists a more faith-based interpretation of the conflict which celebrates a victory for Allah over the Western infidels.

The move has divided tour guides and historians, who fear it undermines the legacy of Turkey Gallipoli hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who later helped to found a secular Turkish republic…

…“This interpretation saw the ­ultimate victory as being a reflection in faith of the one true god rather than a campaign driven by a gifted strategist and leader of men in Ataturk”…

  • winniec

    Erdogan is combining Turkish racial supremacism with religious supremacism…a double form of Nazism. He believes Turks are destined to impose Islam on all nations and rule them…including ruling the Arabs! Arabs, take note of a new enemy! The revived Ottoman Empire!

    Kemal Ataturk was certainly not a devout Muslim. If anything, he was a complete skeptic concerning religion.

    He is quoted as saying the following:

    “Through the abusive interpretation of ignorant and filthy priests … Islam, this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives.”

    Statement recorded in Mustapha Kemal : La mort d’un Empire (1954) by Jacques Benoist-Méchin, as quoted in Jihad in the West : Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries (1998) by Paul Fregosi, p. 407

    “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.”

    • Frau Katze

      Yes, I think that’s how the AK Party is thinking.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Erdogan’s attempt to revive the Ottoman Empire has even less chance of success than Mussolini’s attempt to revive the Roman. Start with the Kurds.

  • Minicapt

    … “Turkish Delight” …