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Submitted by susan (Italy), Sep 16, 2007 at 08:15

"Chechens who blow up schools are salafis, not sufis. On the contrary, the Kadyrov clan which oposes terrorists in Chechenia are indeed sufis."

and the result is? exactly, nothing. When it comes to murdering infidels, muslims are united.

"The army which invaded Cyprus what not an islamic army but rather the secularist army run by Turkish generals who are among staunchest opponents of Islamism. It is undeniable fact that Turks murdered a number of Christian Cypriot Greeks during the Cyprus invasion, but it is the issue of nationalist hate between the two nations and has no direct link with the religion."

this is so wrong i don't know where to start. According to your logic the "secular" turkey didn't have the problems that muslim countries had?

"During the summer of 1934 a paroxysm of antisemitic violence took place within this general atmosphere of Turkish Muslim xenophobia. Hatіce Bayraktar summarizes the events which ravaged the Jewish community of Eastern Thrace:

"Menacing letters were received, Jews were physically beaten and their shops were boycotted. The wave of antisemitic attacks rapidly spread northward and, within a couple of days, almost all of Turkish Thrace was in an uproar. In the small town of Kriklareli, located close to the Bulgarian frontier, that attacks escalated into a pogrom: during the night of July 3—4, the homes of Jewish inhabitants were raided and their properties looted. Thousands of panic-stricken Jews fled to Istanbul. An official statement spoke of 3000 refugess, comprising about a quarter of the 13,000 Jews in Eastern Thrace and the adjacent Anakkale district, though the real number may have been even higher. After a delay of several days the Turkish government finally reacted and issued orders to the local authorities to quell the riots and sent military units to the sites of unrest."

Discriminatory taxation of non-Muslims constituted another black mark against the Ataturk regime:

"When Şevket Adalan took the tax assessment lists for Istanbul to the capital, the Turkish government, while approving our proposed system of classification (Muslims/non-Muslims) set new tax rates for the Greeks, Armenians, and Jews. Instead of being two or three times more, as we suggested, non-Muslim taxes were to be five to ten times the amounts levied on Muslim Turks with corresponding estimated wealth [emphasis added]…What appeared so glaring in the new assessment lists was the difference between the tax rates imposed on Muslim Turks on the one hand and the Greek, Armenian, and Jewish minorities on the other. But the greatest surprise that Adalan brought from Ankara was the order to include private salary earners and peddlers in the Capital Tax. Both my colleagues and I [had] envisaged the Varlik tax as a tax on capital…Such a tax could not have been collected from salary earners who were themselves victims of the inflationary conditions and had already witnessed a dramatic drop in their standard of living. According to instructions from Ankara, we had the power to exempt sections of the salary-earning group from the tax. As a result Adalan and I agreed to exempt all the Muslim Turkish salary earners and concentrate solely on the non-Muslims. Our suggestion met with the approval of Ankara.

This tax discrmination even extended to Turkish Muslims of Jewish ancestry (Donme)

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I can see the extreme benefits given to jews, christians and other minorities by the "secular" regime in turkey.

And what nationalism you are talking about? Jews and christians there were TURK nationals, not foreigners.

Get a clue, just because turkey is not iran, doesn't mean turkey is ok.

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