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EU, Turkey & Chapter 17: 'love' needed

It may seem difficult in some people's eyes for Turkey to meet these criteria; yet it is really a quite easy matter. All it needs is a powerful determination. It is also essential to disregard those angry voices. The Turkish government and state must adopt a sound strategy that makes no concessions to the radicals and that will not be affected by criticism and accusations from them. It must keep love and friendship firmly to the fore. Due to its geographic and historic position, Turkey has a number of responsibilities. It needs to discharge these by spreading the idea of love in the Islamic world. What the Middle East needs is for teachers of love to make their presence felt, rather than for new players to appear on the scene. Following the First World War, first Great Britain and France, and then the U.S., entered the Middle East as players, and this inflicted nothing but conflict and disputes on these fine lands. Therefore, the important thing in that the region is to be a friend and brother who wishes to spread the idea of love, rather than showing arrogance to be a player.

This attitude must also be adopted in the approach to Europe. It is essential to eliminate the concerns, based on radicalism, of the peoples of Europe. It is essential to behave in such a way as to make the warmth of Islam felt. Turkey, which is negotiating with the EU, therefore needs to adopt the concept of friendship commanded by the Quran, to embrace all other beliefs and to properly reflect the true warmth of Islam to Europe. In this way, the division between the peoples of Europe and the Islamic world, that has persisted for many years and grown even deeper because of radical terror, must be eliminated, and "love" can become the foundation.

Such powerful change will be of significant benefit not only to Turkey and the Islamic world, but also to the EU. A Europe that becomes acquainted with the warmth of Islam and that begins to lose the "fear" that is spreading now will begin reacquiring such concepts as altruism and friendship. It will seek a solution alongside Muslims to the radical terror it has become acquainted with so frightfully and which it is trying to oppose with false and inappropriate means. As I have always said, the only solution to radical terror, that is spreading through misuse of the word "Islam" and is entirely the product of a spurious belief, is the Quran. Therefore, the fight against terror is only possible with real Muslims capable of providing evidence from the Quran.

Turkey must proceed with the EU negotiations in the knowledge that it is a different country. As an Islamic country it must produce powerful reforms on the subjects of democracy, freedoms, women's rights, art and civilization and must focus more on "love and solidarity," which is what Europe wants to see from the Islamic world, rather than on technical capacities. Turkey needs such reforms, the Islamic world needs such examples and Europe needs such a model of Islam, more than ever before.

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