Alyssa A. Lappen, a senior fellow at the American Center For Democracy has written a fascinating article which appeared in FrontPageMagazine.Com. It is entitled "Turkey's Forgotten Islamist Pogrom" and should be required reading for all Americans:
"For 50 years, historians, diplomats and state department officials have touted Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as a great secular leader in a predominantly Muslim region, whose policies modernized and democratized Turkey shaping it into a Western-style state. But Ataturk was western only insofar as he implemented the Turkification of Gobineau, wherein he substituted the Turks for the Aryans, whose ideology had terrible results in the rise of European Nazism. Regardless, in 1955, barely 17 years after the dictator's death, a little-known pogrom, driven primarily by Islamic fanaticism, targeted the Greek population of Istanbul with the intent of driving non-Muslims from Turkey. From 1950 to 1960, Turkey experienced a profound reawakening of Islam, which the government and Demokrat Parti (DP) of Prime Minister Adnan Menderes both exploited and encouraged. Today, the policies set in motion in that pogrom remain in sway." Read the whole thing here.