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    Mehmet Y. Yilmaz: There's good money in the flavored soda and cookie business!

    Mehmet Y. Yılmaz
    11 Ekim 2005 - 13:23Son Güncelleme : 11 Ekim 2005 - 13:23

    The other day on TV I saw the villas that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has bought for himself and his children. Actually, I can't really say I "saw" them. It would be more realistic to say "I wasn't able to see them the other day on TV." Because it simply wasn't possible to see through the high walls and trees surrounding the villas. The site where they are is called "Hidden City" anyway. A place deserving its name. May they live there in peace.

    As you know, the Prime Minister used to live among the people. And he seemed "sympathetic" to me in this way. This is because generally, in Turkey, the people sitting at the top of the governmental heap seem to like to isolate themselves from the people.
    I have never been able to understand why leaders separate themselves from the people with high walls and bodyguards.
    I always think that the higher the walls, the more that politician must be heading on a downward path. There is an old saying: Rome was not built in a day.
    And so the fall of politicians is like that: it never happens in one day. It is a process, and it begins with gradual isolation from the people of the country.
    My daughter will enter university in two years. While watching news about the 5 villas bought by the Prime Minister out of the corner of my eye, I try to answer my daughter's questions about universities. And I said to Yasemin:
    "Chose the cookie and flavored soda marketing department! Clearly there's a lot of money in that area!"


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