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Declaration by Ataturk to the Turkish Youth

Turkish Youth!

Your first duty is forever to preserve and to defend the turkish
Independence and the Turkish Republic.

This is the very foundation of your existence and your future. This
foundation is your most precious treasure. In the future, too, there may be
malevolent people at home and abroad who will wish to deprive you of this
treasure. If some day you are compelled to defend your independence and your
republic, you must not tarry to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of
the situation before taking up your duty. These possibilities and
circumstances may turn out to be extremely unfavourable. The enemies
conspiring against your independence and your republic, may have behind them
a victory unprecedented in the annals of the world. It may be that, by
violence and ruse, all the fortresses of your beloved fatherland may be
captured, all its shipyards occupied, all its armies dispersed and every
part of the country invaded. And sadder and graver than all these
circumstances, those who hold power within the country may be in error,
misguided and may even be traitors. Furthermore, they may indentify their
personal interests with the political designs of the invaders. The country
may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted.

Youth of turkey's future,

Even in such circumstances it is your duty to save the Turkish Independence 
and Republic.

You will find the strength you need in your noble blood.

Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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