What is your opinion of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk?

What is your opinion of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk?


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Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
2,127
Republika Srpska
Was Abdulhamid (assuming you mean the second) religious? I thought he was more like paranoid.
He was certainly willing to use religion to bolster his position. Keep in mind Abdulhamid II was the first Ottoman sultan to truly use his position as Caliph to try to increase Muslim support for himself and the Ottoman state.
 
May 2008
1,283
Bangkok
One of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, up there with Lee Kuan Yew and Churchhill.



Had a moral compass that told him to do things that cost him political capital, but did them anyway.


Saved his people from near-extinction by being realistic and not prideful.



I would hate to see a single one of the many Kemal banners festooning Turkish urban centers replaced with Erdogan's.
 

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