Disney should not have canceled Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

A woman looks at a portrait of Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as she waits with others to pay their respects during the 84th anniversary of his death at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 10, 2022. [AP]

One hundred and one years ago, Ataturk's army expelled my great-grandmother and her family from Yeronda, now known as Didim, their ancestral homeland in Anatolia. I actively campaign for the American and Canadian governments to recognize the Greek genocide. I constantly criticize Ankara's democratic back-sliding, mistreatment of minorities and aggressive foreign policy. I even caused controversy in Turkey when I argued that Ankara should be expelled from NATO if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blocked Finland and Sweden from joining the Alliance. Despite my proven track record and advocacy, Disney should not have canceled Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Many Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds and Greeks perceive Mustafa Kemal as the mastermind responsible for the genocide committed against their ancestors. History is more complicated than that. Put simply, the Ottoman Empire's crimes...

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