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Answers to both Ianus and Mozere.

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Submitted by Alexandros (United Kingdom), Mar 15, 2012 at 10:51

Ianus, first of all, all nations have a lot of black pages in their history, stories that they should be ashamed of, but not forget in my opinion, just use them as a guide so not to repeat. You write that the victim should not apologise, i disagree with you, a massacre is a massacre, even though it is a unique incident and it can not be compared with 400 years of massacre and robbery. In addition, this is us this is my civilisation, the way i grew up, i grew up reading the stories of Great Alexander and not the stories of Genghis Khan, i grew up learning about Aristotle and Periklis and Leonidas and the Byzantine Emperors, the revolutions against the Ottomans and the opposition against the axis , all this history is glorious and is based on ideals and principles. Wrong was done by them as well, but they offered much more than they took.

Mozere, you keep with the historic falsification, you write

"You can compare the janissaries to modern day conscription ,many christian children were given away to the state voluntarily for the sake of a bright future for the children,and many of them did help their christian kin when they attained high offices.By defending the empire they coincidentally defended their original communities from the advances of Austrians and Hungarian advances.Thus ensuring these nationalities survival."

I do not know if i should laugh or cry, i mean you are a liar as simple as that, "voluntarily" ? The children were kidnapped, people were hiding the males and they were dressing them as girls for as long as they could, you should be ashamed!

You keep writing about the massacre in Tripolitsa, but you have avoided to comment a single phrase of what i have written to you, typical Turkish tactics, your people have committed 1000 times more crimes like this and worse!

You also write that the 17th century Western Europe was not a good place to be except for Christians, well this was the same for the Ottoman empire, but vice versa and still is for Modern Turkey, i could actually say it is even worse in Turkey or the Arabic world in general. I currently live in England, a couple of days ago i was leaving from the University and there was an expedition called, " Come and Meet Islam" in the centre of the campus, could this happen in Turkey or Saudi Arabia? I do not think so, especially the last years Christians are hunted down and killed in many Muslim countries that were tolerable to Christians like Egypt, perhaps they follow now the Turkish example.

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