An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. ~ Thomas Paine
Turkey serves as an anchor of democracy, freedom, and stability in a region in turmoil. Your own Thomas paine once wrote, 'Those who, expect to reap the blessings of freedom must . . . undergo the fatigue of supporting it.' Let me say that in Turkey, we do not feel fatigued by our support of the Western allies because we know that by supporting the allies, we may all continue to reap the blessings of freedom.kenan evren
I don't think he has ever really read Thomas paine, because it's nothing to do with what he believes in or what he professes to believe in.bill maher
The scourge of life, and death's extreme disgrace, The smoke of hell, that monster callèd paine.