" M. Kemal Ataturk was an outstanding soldier
and statesman of the first half of 20th century. "
Ataturk, The Rebirth of a Nation, Lord Kinross
" The name of Ataturk brings to mind the
accomplishments of one of the great men of this
century; his inspired leadership of Turkish people
his perceptive understanding of the modern world
and his boldness as a military leader.
It is to the credit of Ataturk and Turkish People
that a free Turkey grew out of a collapsing empire
and that new Turkey has proudly proclaimed and
maintained its independence ever since.
Certainly there is no more successful example of
self-reliance than the Turkish Republic and the
profound changes initiated since then by Turkey
and Ataturk. "
John F. Kennedy, 1963