There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it.— Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.
According to this view, democracy is a product of western culture, and it cannot be applied to the Middle East which has a different cultural, religious, sociological and historical background.
The knife in the hand of a murderer kills, but if you give it to a doctor he will heal with it.
But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.
It is impossible to preserve my friendship with people who are allegedly leaders when they are attacking their own people, shooting at them, using tanks and other forms of heavy weaponry.
As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed.
However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone.
This (presidential) system will not bear any resemblance to dictatorships under the same name in Africa and Asia, (It) will be unique to Turkey, it will be like a bee making honey, taking something from every flower and giving us a taste of a truly different honey.
Even in the Western world, one cannot argue that the ideal has been achieved given the existence of issues like the integration, participation and representation of Muslim citizens, and occasional but lingering anti-Semitism.
A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community.
We are seeing with great grief that America remains quiet as Turkey struggles against terrorism. Because there were promises given to us, and they need to be kept. If not, we can take care of our own business.
Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization.
There is an attempt to tarnish Turkey by using press freedom when it is in fact measures taken against terrorism, i dispute this. Nowhere in Europe or in other countries is there a media that is as free as the press in Turkey.
I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia: It won't be the religion, but rather the world-view of some of its followers that shall be made current.
Germany and Turkey are two countries that need each other.
As political leaders we will leave our offices one day, but our people will remain and have to get along with each other. So we shouldnt give them negative messages.
Paramount is the need to secure human rights.
The form of rule should be such that the citizen does not have to fear the State, but gives it direction and confidently participates in its administration.
I am saying yes to criticism, but no to insults.
There are people who say that "Gül can't be my president".
These people don't have good manners for and they should renounce their Turkish citizenship foremost this man will be chosen democratically by the people.
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have to respect the Turkish Republic's laws
Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made: In the Middle East and in the Muslim world, suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
We won't allow the people to be devoured by YouTube, Facebook or others.
There is a trouble called Twitter, the finest lies are here.
Nowadays, social media is actually the headache of societies.
When there is no such thing as religious culture and moral education, serious social problems such as drug addiction and racism fill the gap.
It is not a process of bargaining or give-and-take.
The peace process is not about giving concessions. We will not allow any step which would hurt the memories of our martyrs.
What should be targeted is a concept of organic, and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law, separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic.
Our bilateral relations and our agreement [between Turkey and America] on the extradition of criminals should dominate and precede actually any inclusion into any list.
Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.
I cannot understand how sensible people still defend Facebook, YouTube and Twitter
The US and the European Union needs to help in the translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
In other words, the bar should be maintained at the level of a pluralistic and participatory democracy.
It is essential that policy instruments be developed that would firmly establish democratization on the basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.
If an individual is a terrorist, then you should not be promoting those people and putting them under a good light, if you will, and promoting to the young generation to come. That will only be spoiling the young generation.
Even as we ought to accept that each country would progress with a different method and speed toward that goal, the standard for the expected end-state should not be lowered.
If nuclear energy is used for the sake of humanity, then I say yes.
But if it is used destructively, then no.
It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.
I am aware of the thesis that the United States has long since invested exclusively in stability and this has obviated democratic transformation in the Middle East.
Turkey's path toward Europe started back in 1959, almost 50 years ago.
But we have been pushed to the side ever since. Despite all the hurdles we will not deviate from our course towards Europe - even by one step.
A fitting external security environment could also play an important role in promoting social consensus and institutionalization towards democratization.
A confidence problem exists on the part of the people of the region who desire democratic rule in principle, but remain suspicious of both the fashion with which democratization is presented and the purposes of the democratic world.
Turkey has put up a fight against the powerful nations of the world.
The crusader mentality attacked us abroad. Inside, their lackeys attacked us. We didn't succumb. As a nation, we stood strong.
Obviously some states are allowed to have weapons of mass destruction while others are not.
I have already said that I find the coalition air strikes to be insufficient.
A ground intervention will be necessary to overcome Daesh.
We have extradited terrorists to the United States in the past.
And we expect the same thing to be done by the United States.
A country without a strong leader will go down.
A woman who abstains from motherhood saying 'I am working' means she is in fact rejecting motherhood.
Your targets can only be realized on the basis of dreams.
During the Gezi protests and PKK terror campaigns, the unity and solidarity of the Turkish nation were attacked.
If some people keep saying that the press is still not free in Turkey, then I would like to say this: there has been a coup attempt in Turkey. And there are people siding with the coup plotters. And there are - there is also media outlets that have been against - that are against the coup attempt. So my question is that against the media that supported the coup, will the Turkish justice, judicial system, not take any steps? Of course it will.