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Welcome to Turkey ?

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jun 15, 2011 at 18:16

Ann wrote :

"I lived in Turkey 45 years ago and visited very year for the last 12 years...I never experienced any overt hostility toward me as an American; however, I did sense it while visiting Urfa, and the surrounding area, not in anything overt but in the cool indifference shown. The Turks are, in my opinion and experiences, very open, friendly and polite people. I enjoy visiting there and relish my 2.5 years living in Bayrakli, Izmir."

Why should the Turks treat you with disdain or hostility in the first place ? I doubt you asked them uncomfortable questions,showed you knew anything about standard Turkish lies and myths. Am I wrong? After your return you surely spread the good news from Turkey as you are doing now, didn't you?More importantly,you spent your money in Turkey and this is what Turks like most even though they never tell foreigners how this money will be used later on.

To make a long story short , they badly need hard currency to finance their extensive and ambitious global neo-Ottoman and pan-Turkic projects in operation since 1991. Have you ever ever heard of that?Don't worry if you haven't. Most tourists that leave their money in Turkey have no clue of what is going to happen to their money either.

Maybe with your money some new mosques or Turkish culture centres in Germany,Belgium or in Bosnia, Kosovo or Greek Thrace have been built ? Or Turkey's powerful Directorate of Religious(=Islamic) Affairs (Diyanet) could increase its budge and became larger than eight other ministries combined? Or perhaps your dollars left in Turkey were spent on opening a few new pan-Turkic lycées in the Crimea or in Uzbekistan in which young Tatars and Uzbeks are being indoctrinqted on the superiority of the Turkic race and the happy-making neo-Ottomanism? But who knows maybe you have unwittingly only financed the training of Turkish shahids that subsequently were smuggled into Chechnya over Gerogia to kill kafir Russians? Or for your money arms for Chechen "freedom fighters" trained in Turkey were bought by Turkish agents and later used to storm the Russian primary school in Beslan or a maternity ward in Budionnovsk ? [Just for your information the Turks , not the Arabs , provided by far the biggest contingent of foreign jihadists in Chechnya.]

But maybe the Turks were more generous and noble with your money and it came back to America to bribe senators, big media bosses and managers of big arms companies to make them dependent on Turkish contracts and create a network of people and interests hostile or very indifferent to the question of the Armenian genocide? Maybe because of your money America and Israel still hasn't passed the resolution recognizing the genocide of Armenians by the Turks and there are not so few US academicians in your country that zealously whitewash Turkey and defend its lies on the events between 1915-1922 and all other occasions where Turkey's "virtue" is in danger ? Or maybe you have just helped found one more Ataturk centre which serves as a cell of Turkish espionage and lobbying in America ?...

Last year Turkey made $ 20,8 bln profit from tourism and this year it will probably even increase.An avarage ingénu tourist leaves some 1000 dollars in Turkey .When all is added a huge amount of money results.

Tourists visit Turkey to enjoy their holidays, take few photos and then recount a story or two about how great Turks are. Why shouldn't they be as long as one doesn't ask 'wrong" questions and dispel the Turkish Fata Morgana ? But the innocent travellers in Turkey don't even suspect that when they leave Turkey their money will most probably leave too and it may well even one day come back to their own home countries to produce the most nefarious effects.Pleasure is rarely for free and definitey it costs much more in Turkey -or any Moslem country for that matter- than is visible just from the bare deductions from one's bank account at the end of one's vacations in Pamphylia or Ionia. As one author noted sarcastically writing on how the Turks use money left by Russian tourists to organize видеспреад subversive Pan-Turkic and anti-Russian activities, going as a tourist to Turkey now is like going like a tourist to Nazi Germany during WWII.

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