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Submitted by Oktay Balamir (Turkey), Apr 10, 2005 at 06:51

Sir,
I am amazed how ignorant middle-class Americans are. I am aware that educated Americans are aware that Turkey is a true and long lasting American ally since the days of the Korean War, a strategic member of Nato since the 50's, and a bulwark of the ideals of world peace and democracy. Those that speak of "Midnight Express" today, should perhaps ask Mr. Billy Hayes, whether Oliver Stone distorted the facts of his prison term here while filming the Midnight Express. (By the way, Mr. Parker apologized from the Turkish Government in a recent visit to Turkey). Moreover, Americans should look at the world map and see how it is surrounded by countries like Syria, Iran, Iraq and until recently by hostile and expansionist neighbours like Greece and Bulgaria. Gentlemen, Turkey is a secular country and is not ruled by the teachings of Islam, thanks to the efforts of our founding father Atataturk.

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Maybe " 24 " should just show the news... like on Sept 11 th. or the USS Cole. or ... [169 words]Phil GreendJun 16, 2009 16:43157491
I've never seen a Turk doing terrorist stuff in the states [7 words]NikkeDec 25, 2007 18:22116909
CASTING [13 words]JOEJan 30, 2007 16:5175182
we are not terrorists [41 words]mariam solimanOct 3, 2006 16:5458783
1To mariam [287 words]ConnieJan 15, 2007 16:5858783
1In response to Connie and denouncing terrorism [428 words]MichaelJan 26, 2007 03:4058783
Jesus is a respected human being... [97 words]Scientific Miracles of a KoranApr 1, 2007 04:5458783
!!!! [108 words]SarahJun 3, 2007 06:1758783
Our dear sarah the big time faylasoofa and her poor Muslim education [82 words]dhimmi no moreJun 3, 2007 16:3358783
Islam is the religion of peace? You must be kidding [161 words]dhimmi no moreJun 3, 2007 17:4658783
Scientific miracles of a koran? ROTFL big time but a Qur'an really says that Jesus is God [58 words]dhimmi no moreJun 9, 2007 07:3758783
But the Qur'an really says that Jesus is God [32 words]dhimmi no moreJun 9, 2007 07:4058783
Bogus Arabic [143 words]dhimmi no moreJun 9, 2007 07:5358783
Islam is not evil? really? [162 words]dihmmi no moreJun 9, 2007 08:0958783
to 24 [52 words]mohamedAug 9, 2007 18:0558783
Islamo Fascism in Hollywood [158 words]ChrisDec 10, 2005 17:3329752
TV Series 24 and ignorance [139 words]MattDec 6, 2005 18:5429546
get over it [10 words]SharonJan 22, 2008 23:0229546
Hollywood needs to get on board with this [170 words]Johnny CarpatiNov 13, 2005 23:1828339
america will lose. [57 words]ed sullivanOct 24, 2005 00:2727240
24 Goes Out of Its Way... [126 words]LauraJun 30, 2005 20:0123055
I missed this show. I've been looking for movies like these to come out. [390 words]Debbie SchuppertMay 21, 2005 11:0622272
Offensive? let's rethink that one... [218 words]NaomiApr 13, 2005 19:1621643
Look at the World Map Please! [153 words]Oktay BalamirApr 10, 2005 06:5121502
Discusting! [135 words]Jacques GilbertFeb 8, 2005 00:3620154
FOX TV Airs Pro-Muslim American message during "24" [152 words]Don CastellaFeb 7, 2005 23:3820153
Muslim stereotyping [94 words]D. D. StetsonJan 25, 2005 14:5219863
Where are the voices of the moderate muslins???? [60 words]Mary BMar 26, 2007 13:2819863
Dhimmitude and liberty? [109 words]S.C.PandaJan 25, 2005 04:3719842
War movies [83 words]Jeremy BrindlethorpeJan 23, 2005 16:3319820
Calculated distortion [79 words]A.I. SarwarJan 22, 2005 20:0619810
Green cards or citizens? [140 words]Robert SmithJan 19, 2005 16:3719775
Thanks [23 words]Farley WarrenJan 18, 2005 22:3619764
Hooray for common sense! [170 words]Linda MaloyJan 16, 2005 22:2419707
Mr Z Braun Response [119 words]Jacob CarmielJan 16, 2005 14:1819694
Terrorist attack [37 words]Arnold Z. BraunJan 15, 2005 18:5519686
Propaganda of the Right AKA Fox [71 words]Jacob CarmielJan 15, 2005 16:4019684
Help "24" Stay on Track [100 words]Bill FinlayJan 12, 2005 10:1319629
A complex issue [815 words]Sam ActorJan 12, 2005 03:5119626
21st century boogeyman [238 words]Alan DavisJan 11, 2005 17:0919607
Wahhabism vs. Islam [149 words]Melinda SJan 11, 2005 04:4019579
Ms. Szell's fear [168 words]Margaret D.Jan 19, 2005 16:3819579
Islamist Sopranos [201 words]Donald O.Jan 10, 2005 21:5319575
24 was great! [117 words]ErnieJan 10, 2005 13:2119566
Black Sunday [57 words]Joe MaceyJan 10, 2005 10:1919562
24: Will It Stay on the Rails This Time? [190 words]Jon BurackJan 10, 2005 10:1519561
Negative images? [93 words]Ruth LowryJan 9, 2005 16:1519545
Fox show "24" [146 words]Jim YahnkeJan 9, 2005 02:4219537
Islamic terrorism shown in TV entertainment [123 words]Gary NewmanJan 9, 2005 01:0819536
Congratulations [56 words]R. L. DellisJan 8, 2005 22:5419534
Glad to hear it [126 words]FranJan 8, 2005 19:2719532
Valenti and other films [71 words]Arlene JacobyJan 8, 2005 12:5319522
Fairness vs. intimidation [46 words]Martin DosickJan 8, 2005 12:5219521
HBO [12 words]Jonathan RickJan 8, 2005 12:1119520
A bright ray of hope [92 words]Carl RayJan 8, 2005 00:4719517
True Lies [52 words]Robert B. ArbetmanJan 7, 2005 22:4119514
A little overdone [246 words]John S.Jan 7, 2005 21:2319512
Midnight Express [151 words]Octavio JohansonJan 7, 2005 17:1619510
24 - Thumbs Up [41 words]AudreyJan 7, 2005 13:0719506
The Grid not locked [72 words]Geoffrey MGJan 7, 2005 12:5719505
A Ray of Hope [200 words]JaladhiJan 7, 2005 11:4319502
Plagiarism? [76 words]Menahem DunskyJan 7, 2005 11:3119501
The 'good' Muslims and CAIR [80 words]Suart DewJan 7, 2005 08:2919498
Fox and the showing of "The Grid" [56 words]Lowell ByrdJan 7, 2005 07:3119496
Hollywood, liberalism and Islamophobia [140 words]Octavio JohansonJan 7, 2005 06:4619495
BBC drama [235 words]John MaloneJan 7, 2005 06:2519494
Hollywood vs the terrorists [40 words]Dena GordonJan 7, 2005 05:1919491
I agree with you on some things, but please no Fox push [121 words]Jonathan McOskerJan 7, 2005 05:0719490
Good entertainment, Bad history [150 words]GGJan 7, 2005 05:0519489
There IS a movie about radical Islam in the works. It's called "Ameristan". [333 words]Charles WeltyJan 7, 2005 00:5419485
Please keep the good job you are doing and do not generalize ! [97 words]Dr Ahmed Youssif. MDJan 6, 2005 23:0519483
Hollywood & Islamofascism [71 words]Hillel ZarembaJan 6, 2005 22:5419482
your family name [41 words]Shemon MatlofakyAug 27, 2006 14:4319482
Excellent Article [16 words]Jae ChaletJan 6, 2005 22:3919481
Wake up Mr. President [128 words]Harold HomefieldJan 6, 2005 22:2819480
Hollywood and radical Islam [61 words]Wally AngleseaJan 6, 2005 22:0919479
Maybe we do need to recognize the humanity of the enemy. [212 words]Peter J. HerzJan 6, 2005 22:0519478
TV is finally connecting the dots [14 words]Paul RinderleJan 6, 2005 22:0519477
Yes people need to see and make the difference [102 words]Neila HachichaJan 6, 2005 21:4519476
MOSLEMS IN AMERICA & THE WEST [200 words]Sam MoharebJan 6, 2005 20:4519474
Thank you, Mr.Mohareb!! [154 words]Marcos BerensteinJan 7, 2005 06:1819474
a christian from middle east [350 words]MonyApr 6, 2007 12:0819474
On "Profiling" [634 words]Seth GoldsteinJan 6, 2005 20:3919473
The Black Hole of Hollywood [257 words]Arlinda DeAngelisJan 6, 2005 20:3819472
HOORAH [35 words]MARGARET YOUNGJan 6, 2005 20:0219471
Great article [54 words]Bobbie GhitisJan 6, 2005 19:5819470
A few other tv dramas` dealing with radical islam [48 words]Drew ChattertonJan 6, 2005 19:5519469
Manchurian Candidate a real possibility? [134 words]Gail JordanJan 6, 2005 19:4119467
Fox's recent 24 show [34 words]William C. BrainerdJan 6, 2005 19:0819465
Response to William C. Brainerd [15 words]CarolJan 6, 2005 20:4819465
War Movies [47 words]Al GlaserJan 6, 2005 18:5719464
Frank Rich on 24 [88 words]Jonathan RickJan 6, 2005 18:2619462
124 and Tom Clancy [34 words]NikitaApr 3, 2006 14:1019462
As the Pendulum Swings [200 words]Darwin BarrettJan 6, 2005 18:1719461
to Darwin Barret [39 words]ArdentorMar 23, 2007 01:4519461
Movies with terrorists [29 words]BillJan 6, 2005 18:1519460
24 [39 words]SJan 6, 2005 17:4019459
The Siege [187 words]Jeffrey BaleJan 6, 2005 17:4019458
Follow-up comment on the movie "The Siege" [27 words]Philip SchlesingerJan 10, 2005 16:5419458
"The Siege" [75 words]Ted CharakJan 11, 2005 11:1919458
NEO NAZI OR ISLAMO FASCIST... ALL THE SAME [320 words]Greg MackJan 6, 2005 16:3819457
Greg Mack comments, similarities between Nazi & Islamofascists [57 words]Merry WhitneyJan 10, 2005 22:5719457
TV's 24 series vis a vis Islamic Terrorists [27 words]JoelJan 6, 2005 16:3319456
It's about time! [39 words]Caesar ArevaloJan 6, 2005 16:2619455
'24' Should be depicting 9/11 as well [221 words]Marcos BerensteinJan 6, 2005 16:0619454

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