Westernization is collapsing - AYDIN ÜNAL

Westernization is collapsing

It would be impetuous to believe that the European Union will collapse because 52 percent of the UK voted to leave the EU. It is not certain that the UK will exit the EU yet, nor will the EU fall apart in the short term.

The result of the Brexit was welcomed with joy by Turkey and the Muslim world. We do not really care if a union that acted like an enemy to the Muslim world, that kept us waiting at its door for years, that despises the Muslims living within its borders, a union that has turned a blind eye to Palestine, Egypt and Syria, a union that has closed its doors to refugees, is about to collapse.

Although the EU is in the process of self-destruction, the West is just standing there solemnly and arrogantly. Those who expect the West to fall apart by itself will be waiting for many centuries.

The West is standing steady, however the same cannot be said for Westernization.

What were the common values that created the EU? Respecting human dignity, rule of law, democracy, freedom, minority rights and human rights. Pluralism, equality, tolerance, unity and justice can be added to this list.

The US and Europe displayed history's greatest barbarism during World War I and then World War II. Millions of people died, cities and countries were destroyed. Humanity was destroyed with weapons of mass destruction and genocide was committed. Using humanistic notions after 1945 would establish unity and also wipe away the nastiness of the past.

Yet this is not what happened. Although the EU is still standing, the values that create this union are on the verge of disappearing.

Europe could somehow overlook the genocide, occupation and tyranny in Palestine. But then the election disaster happened in Egypt, which was then followed by a human tragedy in Syria.

European values caught pneumonia in Egypt and then the deadly tuberculosis in Syria.

After all that has happened, which European or European organization has the right to give Turkey a lesson in human rights and values?

No one cares about the showmen who try to support and protect the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) murders.

In short, the Westerners among us are going through hard days. The West that they have always looked up to, always glorified, always valued is suffering from racism, hatred, discrimination and Islamophobia. Besides a few terrorist attacks have shattered Europe's security and freedoms. Meaning, the paradigm of the pro-West and Westernization has collapsed.

Some might find this exaggerated but, while Europe has destroyed the values it created itself, Turkey is walking steadily.

The Syrian crisis and the refugee influx was an important test that Europe and the West failed.

The terror attacks were another important test, in which they failed again.

A civilization that tries to solve everything with money exterminated its own values once it came across some terrorists hidden among helpless asylum seekers.

Turkey is still standing despite experiencing terrorist attacks everyday.

Turkey is battling terrorism and developing its democracy despite Daesh and the terrorist organizations supported by Europe and the US including, the PKK, Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). The security-freedom balance is reaching a more solid base than that in Europe.

By opening its doors to nearly 4 million Syrian refugees, Turkey is giving the West a lesson in humanity and human values.

While many countries including the UK reduce their “soft power” activities, Turkey writes history in Somalia and Africa and embraces the world with its compassion through the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA), Anadolu Agency (AA), The Presidency for Turks Abroad, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), the Turkish Red Crescent, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkish Airlines (THY), Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB) among many other Turkish organizations.

The hostility toward Turkey, which has been around for a while now, has increased greatly with the operations against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The West is going mad as Turkey advances while they fall deeper down.

While the EU, which was established on blood after 1945, falls apart, Turkey displays a stronger and more powerful model.

You know the presidential system we keep on talking about... Well that just has not sprung out of thin air.

The role the West has cast for Turkey is no longer suitable for Turkey. Imitation, imported substitution policies and organizations do not comply with Turkey's vision.

The West and Westernization are weighing Turkey down.

Whatever we would like to call it, a system; a system that we will create according to our needs cannot be delayed any further.

The crushed and passive Westernization has now collapsed. Therefore, Turkey has to produce its own models in every field.

While reviving our own values in the fight against terrorism, protecting the security-freedom balance, human rights, equality and supremacy of law today, we should also customize the system.

I had previously said that the 21st century would be the century of Turkey. Doesn't believing in this alone mean that this dream will come true?


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