DarkWaters Posted July 23, 2007 Report Share Posted July 23, 2007 Here is an article on CNN.com that describes the results of Sunday (July 22nd's) Turkish Parliamentary elections: Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted party claimed a resounding victory Sunday, winning nearly 47 percent of the vote in the country's parliamentary elections, electoral officials said. ::: SNIP ::: Sunday's victory is a boost for Erdogan, who called the early elections in May after opposition lawmakers blocked his choice of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to become the country's president. The nomination sparked massive protests from Turks who feared the AKP would attempt to turn Turkey into an Islamic state. It also elicited a warning from Turkey's military -- which has seized power from civilian governments three times and pushed out a forerunner of the AKP in the 1990s -- that it would step in if necessary to protect the republic's secular tradition. Here is an interesting op-ed by Ayaan Hirsi Ali where she describes how Democratic elections might be the vehicle for Political Islam to amass power in Turkey. Here is an interesting excerpt: The proponents of Islam in government, such as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and their Justice and Development Party, have been remarkably successful. They have exploited the fact that you can use democratic means to erode democracy, employing a powerful strategy. An important trait of liberalism, however, is the opportunity to learn by trial and error. Turkish secular liberals must start their own grass-roots movement, one with the message of individual freedom. Three pillars of that strategy are worth discussion. The first is Dawa, a tactic inspired by Islam's founder, Muhammad. Dawa means to preach Islam as a way of life, including a way of government, perpetually and with conviction. Every convert is obligated to preach Islam to others, creating a grass-roots movement. The secularists in Turkey underestimated this pillar and thus neglected competing with the Islamists for the hearts and minds of the electorate. Polls suggest that 70 percent of voters might still elect Gul president if Erdogan succeeds in changing the constitution so that the president can be elected directly. Any protest from the secularists against this evident popular will sounds irrational and undemocratic. As recently as 1997, the Kemalist secular Turkish military has removed Prime Minister Erbakan from power for bridging mosque and state. This tactic may not work indefinitely if Islamists keep on getting democratically elected. Political Islam is undoubtedly on the rise. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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