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Something I translated from my native tongue.
Dominion, throne and dynasty can not be given to anyone by anyone through negotiation and contest for the reason that it is of wisdom. Dominion and throne are taken by force and might, and the Osman dynasty had taken dominion over the Turkish people by force and might. They had forced this molestation of theirs for six centuries. And now, the Turkish people caveat the agressors of their boundries, rebelling to their dominion and has taken their throne. This is an accomplished fact. The question is not that will we leave the people their dominion and their throne. The question is of stateting an already accomplished fact. This, no matter what happens, will be true. The ones gathered here that sees this as of obvious, are in their places. Otherwise, the truth will still be declared as it is of just, but of probability some heads will roll.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

At 30th October 1922 Grand Assembly, Atatürk gave this speech during a dispute about whether Grand National Assembly or the Istanbul Government (Ottoman government) will represent Turkey at the Lausanne peace treaty agreements.

Now bear in mind, the original quote had a lot of old Turkish and Ottoman words and I did my best to translate them, so some might be a little off the original meaning. Not too much though, I think. Also, I know it is a harsh way of doing things, but Turkey was on the brink of destruction in those years and I truly belive the method was justified in order to bring proper democracy.
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