What Turkish Islamists Understand about ‘Education’

It is customary for Turkish TV crews to interview young students at the start of their mid-term holidays, with the cliché closing question invariably being, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This year’s school holiday in January was no exception. One interview, however, produced a chilling portrait of a girl, aged just 7 or 8.

“I have big goals,” she answered the interviewer. “They will get bigger and bigger. Step by step,” she said. The girl said she wanted to start by becoming a district or village head. Then a lawmaker, a minister, prime minister and finally the president of Turkey.

Up to this point, TV viewers must have watched her with amusement. Then the reporter asked her: “What would you do if you became the president?”

In a calculated, tranquil tone, the girl answered: “I would reinstate the death penalty”.