The new blog from Istanbul, initiated by Hans A.H.C. de Wit, with co-bloggers from surrounding countries.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Under Turkish rule -The Jewish safe-haven myth
…true secularism does not mean just any secularism. It means secularism that protects individual freedoms and rights, not the ultra-nationalist kind that breeds an environment in which Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” is a bestseller, the Armenian 'genocide' is denied and minorities are persecuted. Hrant Dink, the Armenian editor, was murdered by such a nationalist. It is this mix of virulent nationalism and predatory Islam in Turkey that makes the challenge for Turkish secular liberals greater than for any other liberal movement today.
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