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Turkey's "Future" Vision

We can define strategy as "the path followed to achieve a predetermined aim". According to this definition, the path that we should follow to achieve a certain aim should be determined in advance. If we are constantly changing the path we follow, then we cannot claim existence of any strategy. Another important point is that it should not be forgotten the future is planned when new strategies are mentioned.

When we look back, we can see that "the walk to meet the modern world" that we had set off in 1923 was interrupted many times with diversions; we lost our sense of direction completely in certain periods; and we progressed on the right path again at certain times. Occasional redirection and interruption of this walk unfortunately delayed our arrival to the meeting point.

As a society, it is of vital importance to know our country's strategies for the future and to act with this awareness because conjectural balance of the world changes every day. Again, the aforementioned strategy should be determinative on our response to the recent developments in the Middle East. In fact, since the World War I, no country gained real victory in any war. Many countries which have earned the real victory, i.e. "the economic victory" as indicated by the Great Leader Ataturk, today, direct the international economic developments.

Although multifaceted nature of problems Turkey is confronted with internally and externally makes the solutions difficult, we should be encouraged in terms of solution as these problems include the "economic development" concept in their centre. Turkey, acting by correctly interpreting her own internal dynamics without being detached from the international society will become one of the effective countries of the future. When we assess the events under this vision, we can find a different viewpoint. Considering the problem in Lebanon today as "Turkey's problem" or as a "regional problem" would direct us towards wrong pursuits. The problem is a "global problem". Therefore, our approach to the issue should coincide with the fact that Turkey is a part of the international society.

Economic decisions shape the world's future. This criterion steers the intergovernmental relationships. In such a world, difficult times lie ahead for those countries which have not completed their economic development and become one of the gears of the global economy. If you become a part of this gearwheel then your stability is secured. Therefore, we should pertinaciously walk on the path leading to our predetermined aim we have indicated at the beginning of the article without diversion. We should bear in mind that a slight hesitation might cost us decades.

Under the light of developments, how important it is for Turkey to become a member of the European Union and the historical importance of these recent days are revealed once more. Future aim of Turkey is set: "to integrate with the modern world". We should support all steps that might help achieve this aim and we should act in unity and solidarity to overcome the obstacles.

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