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Submitted by Servet Cevik (Sweden), Aug 5, 2013 at 04:31

Facts on History

1. There is no God given (i am an atheist by the way) title deed for any nation/group of people for any piece of land on earth. Therefore each and every piece of land on earth is occupied from its previous owner at some point some date in history. This is just how the history evolves and it is futile to address this phenomen as right or wrong. Yes we killed Greeks and Armenians in Anatolia some 500-1000 years ago and got this land from them. And they killed Sumerians and Hittites some 1500-2000 years ago and got their land etc etc. This is how it goes... So no land belongs to no one. Every land belongs to whom it can hold on. Just like some land on east Mediterranean shores belonging to Israel now. They accumulated force and exterted it and grasped the land. This is the fact and how you address this is your "political point of view"

2. Any nation/group of people exerts and utilizes its "force" in accordance with its needs. What we did in Anatolia and East Europe and North Africa and Arabian peninsula is no more different than what the British did in India and what the Americans did to native indians or to Iraq as a more current example or what the French did in Africa or what the Russians did in Eurasia. Therefore we are no better or worse than any other nation on earth. How you define us Turks is totally your own choice and preference.

3. I dont really care much about the concept of nationaliy either, i just accept it as a political reality and i am not a Turkish nationalist or anything like that. I am a liberal minded, humanitarian, positivist, atheist, individual. Neither the concept of nation or religion has any importance in my life and i prefer to be neutral when it comes to issues on these concepts. I keep sides only on humanitarian issues. This is why i criticised Israeli attack on Mavi Marmara. I am neither against nor pro Israel. I am very well aware that these people on the ships were Islamic guys who would behead me in a second if they knew my thoughts about religions, prophets etc. Still i criticised Israel on a humanitarian background not on a political sidelining of any Ideology. You would be mesmerized if you knew how and how much I criticise the current Turkish government and its policies.

4. I dont really give any of my time and attention to individuals who have prejudices and base their opinions on grounds of hatred and dislike and other psychological factors rather than good will and objective thinking. There are no nations and religions that i like or dislike rather there are individuals and concepts and ideologies and acts that i like or dislike and thats how i place the framework of my thinking.

Servet Cevik

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