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Submitted by yasemin erkut (Turkey), Dec 31, 2008 at 18:43

First of all, Turkey hates nobody. We had more than enough experiance to know that it's the governments who decides on political and military relations with other countries. So who ever you come across on the streets in Turkey and ask, he/she even the children will say that he/she does not believe in USA Politics. This is the result of experience. Iraq is our neighbour. We see what the usa soldiers are doing to the women, children by person and mass destruction as well. No western community has seen those pictures that we had seen about this war. We see because we can. There is no censorship here.

Besides about 85 years ago we had to fight nearly all the European countries to save our country. That was a war and we won. It's finished. We hate no country. There are no enemies or friends to us. If we are strong enough every country behave friendly, if we are weak, than most of these western and even mouslim countries behaves as enemies. That is all. We have learned it by hard.

We live in such a strategically important geography that we are never left on our own. In the history, if one country helped us that was not because they wanted us to win, it was only because they did not want the other country to win. We had always had the pressure of the western governments to fight against Russia, Soviets or Iraq.

And we had to save the Turkish people in Cyprus from geoncide, and we had this right by the agreement between Greece, Great Britain an Turkey. Those days Turkish people were being killed by Greek people of Cyprus. England did not care, so we decided ourselves and saved Turkish people in Cyprus from being killed. And because of that usa punished Turkey by ambargo. Did not sell any weapon for years. We were not surprised at all, expecting this anyway. So in short we do not depend on any country at all. Westerns think we are Mouslims, Mouslim countries think we are not real Mouslems. Our neighbours depend on western countries so do whatever they say, to benefit from the results. So were Greece in our country on the behalf of England during the first world war.

As I told before, not only USA, we never depend on any country. There is good relations as long as we are strong. So we don't hate, we simply know. All we want is peace in the world and peace in the country. That is all.

All refugees are always wellcome to Turkey. We keep them all, give shelter and food. During second World War, Jewish proffessors, common people came to Turkey. May be we are the only country that had never any problems with Jewish people and Israel. But we are very much against their killing Pllestinian people, women, children, hundreds and hundreds dead, thousands wounded. This is pure barbarism. This does not mean that from now on we are enemies to Israel. It means we will be always careful.

It is not good to talk on limited knowledge. We are a seventy five million people living by ourselves. Trying to improve our civilisation in knowledge and professions. And there is war all around us. Not easy, believe me.

Regards

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