I'm afraid you've drunk the AtatÃ¼rk kool-aid. It wasn't pretty. There was no equality in the Turkish republic (look at the Kurds, Greeks, Armenians, Jews and yes, even the women). It wasn't a democracy. And changing the alphabet just meant that future generations were condemned to a life without any concept of their history, the good or the bad. The republic was founded on the principle of deportations, massacres and forced assimilation.
It would really be a sad loss for humanity, if all those enlightened thoughts of AtatÃ¼rk get stomped into the ground, and Turkey is forced into the shackles of Islam in their place.
It'd be a boon to humanity if the thoughts of AtatÃ¼rk were finally let go: the authoritarianism, the fanatical nationalism, the militarism and so on. The only sad bit were if the modern conservative Islam of the AKP were to be what replaces it.