Turkish "secularists" at work in Northern Cyprus - the Devil's mockery
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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Apr 15, 2009 at 16:03
Turkey - just like any other Islamic state - is full of nasty and incurable problems. But if one isn't aware of them from other sources, one will never learn them from Turks. For this reason I find it very unadvisable to rely on what the Turks say. And the more they insist on something, the more one should distrust them. I have always held their "secularism" to be a hoax. It seems to be a fine clothing to decorate a very ugly body or rather a body where the soul is missing. It's hard - I admit- to counter and refute the current widespread narrative of Turkey's history as imposed by Kemal and his hagiographers.
But if one looks for some situation or experiment that might put this Turkish narrative to a test, one can find a very suitable one. In 1974 the Turkish Army - the self-proclaimed guardian and champion of secularism, the heir to Ataturk's pro-Western teachings - invaded and occupied more than 1/3 of Cyprus. The Army has been controlling the Northern provinces of the island ever since. One shall expect therefore that it must have become by now for sure the paragon of Turkish secularism.
But how secular has Northern Cyprus become ? Under the 'secular' Army's control it has been transformed into a totally Islamic entity! And the most nasty thing about it are not the innumerable Quranic schools or new mosques decorating even the most remote and tiny villages or masses of backward Moslems brought here from Central Anatolia. It's the other deeper side of Islam that shows through, namely the ancient jihadist vandalism directed against all that reminds of the culture and monuments of the infidels.
Yesterday I watched a longer movie showing the present state of the once countless Christian monuments in the Northern part of Aphrodite's island - churches, monasteries, chaples, cemeteries...Not a single one has escaped repeated and continuing desecrations, wanton and thorough destruction, looting , dilapidations. The ancient and medieval churches, the 17th , 18th and 19th century sanctuaries and temples - unless changes into mosques - all have been reduced to ruins. Despoiled of their frescoes and marble tiles, with broken-in roofs windows and stolen doors they stand there among splendid nature surrounded by hostile or indifferent population ready to swoop and finish the unholy work begun soon after the Turkish army had occupied these parts. In many cases it was the Army itself that participated in the despoliation and theft of valuables and antiquities and encouraged the devastation and destruction of these monuments to completely 'Turkify' the newly conquered territories .
I am an atheist but I couldn't watch without tears these ancient ruins that had seen the days of St. Paul, Constantine the Great, Alexios Comnenus, Constantine XI the Palaeologue... Every small monastery or church has its own indivdual history that was told among the rubbles of its broken crosses and stones with besmirched and scratched out faces of saints and the pitiful remains of the images of the Holy Virgin now overpainted with jingoistic Turkish slogans and crescents as teh background. Everywhere wall plasters falling off, ashes, excrements, filth. Overthrown and smashed gravestones, open tombs, unburied and scattered bones in old Greek cemeteries give a particuraly dismal and frightening look to the sites. And the same scenes recur over and over again ... without end.
What a diabolical ingenuity and method! What a sickening psychopathic obstinacy and animal rage to persecute and desecrate the ancient remains and corpses even in the grave, even beoynd it the hereafter. The Moslems seem to be willing to do the job they reserve for their Allah, i.e. punishing the infidels after death.
It's in places like this that one realizes what intrinsic evil Islam represents and what a victory of Islam means irrespective of whether gained under the banner of jihad or Western-oriented "secularism" as Northern Cyprus demonstrates.
Just a little glance at the horrors that Christian monuments are suffering at the hands of Turkish Moslems in Northern Cyprus can be seen at
In view of the above it sounds like the Devil's mockery what a Turk has recently told me on this forum :
> you have not to like islam/muslims but you have to honor/respect...<
I remember what a Russian once wrote on another forum when confronted with similar facts:
"When I see things like that I am ready to take up my gun and fight those Turkish beasts of prey as my forefathers did".
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