The Lasting Legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

On 10 November people in Turkey pause to commemorate the achievements of the revered founder of their republic, on the anniversary of his death in 1938. I’m reblogging this tribute published on the website of the Turkish Coalition of America:

ataturk-10-2“On November 10th, TCA paid tribute to the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who led the Turkish National War of Liberation, founded the modern Republic of Turkey and launched an extraordinary series of reforms that continue to inspire the Turkish nation. World-over, Ataturk is honored as one of the greatest national leaders of the 20th Century. In the words of Scottish historian, Patrick Balfour (the 3rd Baron Kinross): “the soldier in Ataturk had saved his country, the statesman in him had won for it the honorable peace, the reformer in him was now to make of it a new country.”

Ataturk: The Soldier

Ataturk: The Statesman

Ataturk: The Reformer

Please click here to listen to the speech of President John F. Kennedy delivered in 1963 on the 25th anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s passing.” 

Read the whole article.


4 thoughts on “The Lasting Legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

    • That’s very perceptive. I’m convinced that’s one of the reasons for the antipathy of Western leaders towards Turkey. They’d had it all planned for years – especially the Brits and the French – and Atatürk upset their applecart.

    • I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Political demonstrations in Turkey are notoriously violent, and it’s just as likely that visiting leaders have made this a requirement. I remember when George Dubya came to Istanbul in 2004 for the NATO summit meeting. The whole city came to a halt. Ferries across the Bosporus were canceled, public transport was severely curtailed. If someone had tried to bomb him I wouldn’t have objected strongly, but it looks bad for the host country 😉

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