The End of the Kemalist Affair

August 1, 2011

When was the last time a conservative NATO army pushed out its highest-ranking officers?
By Christopher Hitchens

"To read of the stunning news, of the almost-overnight liquidation of the Ataturkist or secularist military caste, and to try to do so from the standpoint of a seriously secular Turk, is to have a small share in the sense of acute national vertigo that must have accompanied the proclamation of a new system in the second two decades of the 20th century."
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Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir