BOTH WEST and EAST are our neighbours, cannot belong completely to one side.
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Submitted by yasemin (Turkey), Apr 6, 2009 at 14:18
In Turkey, only 20% are fanatic religious. The rest never ever wants scheriat. It is the government that feel themselves close to Hizboullah or Hamas. Not the majority in Turkey, not even most of the followers of the government. Hamas and Hizboullah are our biggest enemies and a big threath to our secular sysem. They are much more dangerous to Turkey than to any other country in the world, including Israel. This government has a very different political attitude. Will not last long. Their decline has already started.
The most interesting thing is that, most western governments want and help this government, since they have many benefits and this government need their support to be able to rule, where they know that they are too weak and have no support at all from the real intellectuals of ours. It is as if the Western politicians are trying to see Turkey starting to fall into the deep darkness of the fanatism of religion and become so weak and dividible to pieces with each very obeyent. No western politician wants a strong, secular and civilised Turkey. But this is only a fairy tail. This never will happen. Still ofcourse these intentions and some settelite "Turkish" journalists and politicians working together with them causes a lot of trouble and slows our efforts to move on.
We very well are aware that we should not be in NATO.
We would be very very grateful to be out and be free.
Because geographyally we are close to both east and west.. Asian and Middle East nations are our neighbours as well as Europe.
Our benefits are not always the same as the western countries and the same is true for the eastern countries, we mostly do not agree with their politics.
We prefer to be free from all obligations and choosing our side according to our point of wiev, not of western or Arab's or Israel or any others.
Our perspective sometimes differ from the west about the issues of the world.
We see and feel in our hearts, all the violence done to our neighbour nations. It may be easy for the western nations to watch the bombings and see completely innocent childeren and women dying, wounded, blood all over, crying mothers, dead fathers. The western communities are too far away, never met them before and think of these people as if they are some other species. We feel like this because not much is said or protested fo any violance done if it is to our neighbours.
These makes us think that the west looks at people through religion glasses. They are not people because they are Mouslim. They are not people because they are not educated in western schools, but never think that these people may know different things which the western people do not know. They are not people because they are different. So sitting in armchairs, watching the war on TV and get afraid of them and never pity. No mercy for the people, if they are different.
And we were in deep regret seeing the people jumping out the building or burning inside while the twin towers were collapsing.
Here in Turkey, we are aware of everything. We see and feel all the agony of all the innocent people.
We here are close to east and also feel the same for the west. But our benefits are sometimes in parrallel with the western world but sometimes not. So the best is that we should be free.
Really, please free us from all our chains.
Because, Our motto is, PEACE IN THE COUNTRY AND PEACE IN THE WORLD.
We do not want to be in any kind of war, just as we could manage to stay out from the II. World War.
PEACE for ALL.
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