Nov 16, 2004 10:06 pm


Yesterday Reuter reported that"Turks remember victims of synagogue bombings:"

Turkish Jews and Muslims joined in prayer and laid flowers on Monday for the victims of bomb attacks a year ago when suicide bombers targeted two synagogues in the country's largest city.

In a ceremony at the Beit Israel synagogue later on Monday morning, people stood to attention as the Turkish national anthem was sung. Turkish flags were hung from buildings and photographs of the victims displayed.

"Let us not forget that it was not only our Jewish citizens who died but our Muslim citizens too," Anatolian news agency quoted local mayor Mustafa Sarigul as saying.

"We will work together for the peace of the world's people regardless of religion, language, race, culture or sect."

Even more impressively, this event took place in a country in which an Islamist party runs the government proving that Islam and democracy can co-exist. Indeed, that is the message of "Harmonising immutable values and ever-changing mechanisms," the title of Omayma Abdel-Latif talks to Ahmet Davutoglu, the main ideologue behind Turkey's unique experience with democratic Islamist government.

It is worth reading.

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