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Time magazine in December 1999 picked Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century and included Mustafa Kemal Atatürk among the 15 most important leaders who paved the way to the 3rd Millennium. Einstein was a great scientist, but his discovery of the atom led to the worst tragedy of the century, the dropping of atomic bombs in Japan, and also to the nuclear disasters, such as the ones in Russia and Japan, with no certain future. John McLaughlin, the host of ‘McLaughlin Group” declared that his award for “The Person of the Full Millennium” was for the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, praising him as ‘’Visionary who turned a Muslim nation into a Western parliamentary democracy and secular state” during his Jan. 1, 2000, end-of-the-millennium broadcast. Professor Arnold Ludwig picked Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as the greatest leader of the 20th century following his 17-year study of over 300 leaders who shaped the world during the 100 years.

It must also be remembered that Greek Premier Venizelos nominated Atatürk for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930 and in 1978, UNESCO declared 1981 as “The Atatürk year”. Atatürk’s vision for his country and the world was the separation of state and religion and “Peace at Home, Peace Abroad”, a more meaningful contribution to humanity than Einstein’s inventions. Yet, today and in the second decade of the 21st Century, Atatürk’s vision is needed more globally.

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