US Senator Hegel says American Students Should Learn about Ataturk

WASHINGTON (Huriyet)–American school children should be taught about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, the Anatolian News Agency quoted U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel as saying.

"Ataturk is one of the most valuable leaders in the 21st century. The children in the United States know nothing about such a big leader. He should be taught at schools, take part in history books," the The Republican Senator from Nebraska said during a speech at an event in Washington DC, organized by the American-Turkish Council.

Hegal’s remarks come as the Republic of Turkey prepares to celebrate the 85th anniversary of its establishment on Wednesday.

It’s founding father, Ataturk, whom Hegal praised as a leading figure who helped shape the modern world, bears responsibility for continuing the Ottoman Empire’s genocidal policies against the Armenia’s. Since its founding, Turkey has continued the oppressive and murderous policies employed by the Ottoman Empire, repressing its minorities, squashing free speech and denying the Armenian Genocide.

Hegal praised Turkish-U.S. relations, describing them as vital to the world. He also said that the US should do more to enhance its relations with Turkey.

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