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Anyone who has visited Turkey will immediately recognize the statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. I suppose he is the George Washington of modern Turkey. When the Ottoman Empire ended after 620 years of rule, Ataturk drove out the Greeks who were attempting to annex parts of the country and established the Republic of Turkey. He is revered by all Turks today and his words are often quoted in many contexts.

With serious intent, this young boy drove his pedal car up to the statue and pretended to raise the flag. I suppose he has seen this ritual performed many times. It was quite amusing to see him act it out with great ceremony.

The inscription on the plinth reads, Yurtta Sulh, Cihanda Sulh, which means "Peace in our land, peace in the world.". It is now the official motto of Turkey. May it remain so.

Perhaps the strangest quotation of these lines is in the TV commercial for a Turkish cola. Watch the Video. It may be the only TV commercial for a soft drink set in a war zone.

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