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”…