In recent years, there are numerous insults, attacks on Ataturk in Turkey and surprisingly outside. People have no knowledge of Turkish history, very limited knowledge of Islamic religion, they haven’t read Ataturk’s book NUTUK, but they spread unfounded false accusations like a disease. My question is WHY? Why a man who died in 1938 bothers these people so much?
Are they not able to build mosques, pray freely, celebrate religious days? Are they not able to form religious groups (cults)?
A friend of mine Yilmaz Karahan summed up the distortion of Ataturk’s true value and personality in three types.
- Western-minded capitalists: These people tried very hard to use Ataturk’s Republic, secularism, dressing code, industrialism etc. and looked down on real people in the rural areas, tried to bring in western culture and undermine Turkish culture. They hid behind Ataturk and through this process always had power and being part and parcel of one world order.
- Revolutionary minded socialists: These people took Ataturk’s “Peace at home, peace in the world” as a mantra and made activities against Islam and Turks/Turkish culture. They used/manipulated true meaning of the removal of the Caliphate, the declaration of secularism, the closure of tekke and zaviye, the revolution, the struggle for independence against the imperialist states. They created the word “Kemalist” (comes from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s name) and tried to make Ataturk like a prophet, new religion. They tried to show Ataturk against Islam. They were insensitive and disrespectful towards national and spiritual values. With the mantra “The brotherhood of the peoples” they set the ground for separatism. They are active in the fields of press and art. Against capital (money), so-called warlords but they are only capitalist through trade unions and other organizations. They are also fed by bad links.
- Prejudiced minded religious people: Organised by the enemy of Turks, worked in disguise (like Gulen movement) and abused pure, good intentions of Anatolian people who had true Iman. They distorted the collapse of Ottoman Empire, escape of Sultan, declaration of Turkish republic, change of alphabet etc. and declared Ataturk as deccal and against Islam.