Posted by: bklunk | February 11, 2007

Welcome to the Club: Part 2?

The Dink assassination seems to have shocked many Turks. While the murder obviously reflects something about what Turkey “actually is,” it seems to show that many Turks aspire to something different.

Turkey and the EU

In the Turkish Press , there was recent article showing how Turkey was changing and becoming more “open” in the hope that they will be accepted into the European Union.  The article opens with the following:

Turkey`s Chief Negotiator Ali Babacan praised his country`s rapid transformation toward openness.

“Turkey has become very open, very fast,” Babacan told Christopher Power in a commentary published in the “Business Week“.

The assassination of Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink “looks like an anachronism,” Babacan stated. “It`s not compatible with the open society we are looking for.”

I’m a little confused by this.  He says that it looks like an anachronism (”amething or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, esp. a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time”according to dictionary.com in case you were wondering) and that it is “not compatible with the open society we are looking for.”  I’m not sure exactly what this means.  Does he mean that it is not in line with what they are “looking for” or is it not in line with what Turkey actually is today.

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