Erdoğan says Turkish people studying in West become voluntary agents

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during a dinner hosted by TURKEN Foundation in New York, United States on September 20, 2017. Kayhan Ozer / Anadolu Agency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said people who go to study in Western countries assimilate into their culture and become voluntary agents of the West, the Sputnik news agency reported on Thursday.

Erdoğan’s remarks were made during a dinner hosted by the Türken Foundation in the US.

Arguing that Turkish students have been sent abroad in order to return and support the scientific development in their country since Ottoman times, Erdoğan said the expected outcome could not be achieved since most of those who were sent to Western countries lost their Turkish identity and became voluntary agents of the West.

“Those who look down on their people and hate their own values have inflicted more damage on us than on our enemies because instead of working for their own country’s interests, they have served the interests of foreign companies, states and institutions. … They can betray any value, any principle,” Erdoğan said.

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  1. He’s very cunning, eh. Keep up the paranoia party, keep the masses distracted from the reality that a maniac is ruining their country. He takes his own sins: “they have served the interests of foreign companies, states and institutions. … They can betray any value, any principle,” and projects them onto others. It’s always the same with hate-mongers, and the suckers who believe are always in the many.

  2. He credits the “West” with almost unbelievable seductive powers. Then again it is not like Westerners would go to one of Erdogan’s favoured institutions and be mesmerised to be told that Darwinism is untrue, the earth is flat etc.
    I think his remarks are partly aimed at former President Abdullah Gul, a potential rival or even replacement who speaks English and studied in England.

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