Last Wednesday, Turkey celebrated the 91st anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic. This year’s holiday has been much more thought provoking than those of previous years, perhaps because the unitarian structure of the Turkish Republic has never been as threatened as it is now. In the 1920s, the founding fathers of the Turkish Republic fought a heroic war of independence against European imperialism and today the Turks are fighting a bitter war of ideals against those who favor the further Balkanization of the Middle East.
Europe thrived in unity while the Middle East collapsed
On this year’s Republic Day celebrations I was once again reminded that this is our home and we are all in this together; we need to stick together.Ceylan Ozbudak