Carbondale, IL (Vocus) February 9, 2010
Corrupt and bankrupt regimes of today evoke in most Turks the corrupt sultans of yesteryears. Indeed, theirs ought to serve as a reminder of the dreadful consequences of corruption in high places. For the present leaders of Turkey, the path that lead the mighty Ottoman Empire from greatness to the dustbin of history is a good place to look for the early signs of decadence and eventual perdition.
Author and Professor Sedat Sami’s The Agony of the Kemalist Republic and the Rise of a Fascist Brotherhood presents, in vivid terms, the slow undoing of all the reforms introduced by the immortal Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkish Republic. Today, Turkey is facing a most daunting challenge mounted by a corrupt religious party usurping the police powers at its disposal and aiming to reverse the course of the past eighty years. A sham democracy cannot solve Turkey’s critical problems: in the east, a tribal and feudal society within which abject poverty reigns and in the west, powerful conglomerates with international partnerships dominate the business world. Everywhere, an army of unemployed, young and old, is hoping for better days.
The Agony of the Kemalist Republic and the Rise of a Fascist Brotherhood offers a provocative look into Turkey’s present-day predicament and its striking similarity to that of its predecessor, the Ottoman Empire. It explains in great detail the merits of a series of reforms that saved the nation from national humiliation. It also aims at educating adequately and informing accurately the international public about the seriousness of Turkey’s slide into the abyss. Professor Sedat Sami stresses the importance of history and the lessons learned from it. But in order to learn from a historical event, there is a need to pay attention to the underlying causes precipitating it and identify similarities and parallels between the past and the present.
Turks are brave and generous people. But unfortunately, for many years, they have proven to be most inept at choosing their leaders—which is proving to be a rather costly shortcoming. Still the author believes that eventually common sense will prevail; and that Turks, young and old, will rise up and defend what was, and still is, their most valuable asset: their independent and secular Kemalist republic.
About the Author
Sedat Sami, Professor Emeritus of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, is the co-author of a two-volume book (Engineering Mechanics-Statics & Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics). A new version (Mechanics for Engineers - Statics & Mechanics for Engineers-Dynamics) will be published in early 2010. Prof. Sami has published numerous refereed articles in a variety of scientific journals and proceedings. Upon retirement, he turned his attention to the conditions prevailing in his native country: Turkey. In 2002 (in Turkish) and again in 2006 (in English) he wrote about his beloved land. The second book (Silent Capitulations: The Kemalist Republic under Assault) has been, subsequently translated in Turkish and published in 2008. Prof. Sami has traveled extensively in Turkey, the old Soviet Union, in Asia and throughout Europe. He lives in Southern Illinois.
THE AGONY OF THE KEMALIST REPUBLIC AND THE RISE OF A FASCIST BROTHERHOOD * by Sedat Sami
OF THE CORRUPT, BY THE CORRUPT, FOR THE CORRUPT
Publication Date: February 4, 2010
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