Erdoğan’s unprecedented challenge.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made incredibly provocative statements claiming that “the Greeks destroyed and burned Smyrna”.
President Erdoğan stated that August was an extraordinary period that went down in history and stated that the end of this special month, which wrote its name in history in golden letters, full of many successes from Malazgirt to Belgrade, from Mohacs until Cyprus, reached its end.
Noting that August closed with the anniversary of a great victory that paved the way for the establishment of the last state Republic in Anatolia, Erdogan said the army launched the Great Offensive on August 26, 1922, under the orders of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Erdogan recalled that the Turkish army opened the way to Izmir by destroying a significant part of the “Greek occupying forces”.
Stating that “the Turkish flags waved in the sky of Smyrna, “which had been destroyed and burned by the fleeing enemy. And this is how we won the war with battles that we fought for 3.5 years against the enemy, who with his treacherous ambitions and his dirty boots soiled our permanent homeland. Anatolia”.
The vision of the “Century of Turkey”
The Turkish president spoke optimistically about the future, noting: “We will strengthen the country’s power and raise Turkey to the top of modern civilizations. We will make our vision for the century of Turkey a reality.”
The “Century of Turkey” is a key narrative of Erdogan in recent years, as on the occasion of the completion in 2023 of the centenary of the foundation of the modern Turkish state, he claims to be the one who will seal the second century of modern Turkey, with his own his vision. Essentially, to Kemal’s vision of a Turkey that is a modern nation-state, Erdogan juxtaposes his own vision of a Turkey with global appeal.
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