Be happy ! Become a Turk ! - a fairy tale
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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Apr 12, 2009 at 16:20
yasemin writes :
> We do not want any war around us and never want to participate in any.<
We have no grudge to any nation. <
I have noticed how fond you are of telling us fairy tales about sweet Turks and their bad enemies. Let me take the liberty to tell you a fairy tale too. I hope you will understand who is who in it.
Litte Red Ridingt Hood talks to the wolf who has just eaten up her grandmother and put on her clothes :
"Oh, grandmother, what a big army you have concentrated around our hut!"
"All the better to show how peace-loving I am and how much I care for your safety , my little granddaughter!"
"Oh, grandmother, what ultramodern war planes and rocket launchers you have !"
"All the better to watch over you and illuminate your path at night."
"Oh, grandmother, what big bloody hands you have!"
"All the better to caress you and beat back bad stray wolves with! "
"Oh, grandmother, what a horribly big greedy mouth you have!"
"All the better to eat you with!"
> Once again I felt how lucky I was to be born as Turkish. <
Once again? The first time it was when you shouted as a little child at the top of your voice "Ne mutlu türküm diyene!", wasn't it ? And it's now again among us kafirs, denigrators , defamators, slanderers and revilers of Turkey's virtue and excelancy that you can emit that relieving wolf howling! How sweet to live in Ataturk's paradise ! How sweet to be an undisturbed self-righteous Turkish narcissist !
If you want to be happy, just become a Turk and you'll have happiness! It's as easy as embracing Islam... But remember if you want to leave Turkishness , you will be able to do it on the same condition you can leave Islam ... An unhappy Turk is a dead Turk. So be happy, tell sweet fairy tales to naive Westerners, complain and denounce the critics as Armenina-Greek denigrators of happy-making Turkishness.
> But I am surprised to see how perfect everyone feel about their leaders and their actions.<
A nation of Turkish sheep is very happy to be led by a pack of wolves as long as only foreign sheep are eaten.
> We here are happy people, but are not blind to see the wrongs and faults of us or others.<
Very interesting, so far you haven't said anything about Turkish "wrongs and faults". The sheep seems to guess there can be something wrong with this or that high-ranking wolf ... I see ... He isn't Kemalist enough, he has apostatized from Ataturk's infallible doctrine ... was bribed by Turkey's enemies ... was a Jewish/Armenian/American spy...
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