“The People Of Turkey” Or “The Turkish People?”

Perhaps, on other planets in this universe, there are life forms who spend their days in discussing interesting issues, but a trip to planet Earth most probably would be an eye opener to any alien. Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Liker Basbug, made a speech in which he said Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey preferred to “the people of Turkey” which immediately in order to emphasize the country was founded by diverse peoples rather than “the Turks.” His comments unleashed a thunderous fury of anger from some who insist the correct expression is “the Turkish people.” They argue the nation was not created by “the people of Turkey” but by Turks.

General Basbug emphasized that Ataturk wanted to make clear that many people were influential in creating the nation that bears the name of Turkey. I trust this clears up the issue and allows aliens to depart — most probably shaking their heads over what humans argue about — and often kill one another about!

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