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Submitted by Peter Hall (Australia), Sep 21, 2014 at 23:19

Firsty, the lease, of Cyrpus to the British effectively ceded the control of that territory to the British by the Ottoman Empire; you are trying to split hairs, as the main point was the Ottomans had no interest in that territory in the first place..

Secondly, unlike the Bristish Empire or the French Empire, The OTTOMAN empire was DEFEATED and dismembered. There is NO comparisosn with the British or French Empires. Turkey is not the continuation of the Ottoman Empire as the Ottoman Empire does not exist.

I note you mention Galipoli, you are citing a classic example of winning a battle but losing the war, the Ottomans LOST THE WAR, The Ottoman Empire lost a lot more battles than it won. Hence the map of the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsular and North Africa was not drawn up by the Ottomans, or the Turks, it was drawn up (rather badly I must add) by the Brits and the French.

The Reason we remember Galipoli is not because it was a win or a loss, and if the Ottomans did not have such a GREAT leader in Attatuk, the battle would probably been won by the British forces. The Reason we Australians remember Galipoli, is the same reason we remember your first date, in this case it was not a great first date; but never the less, it was our first date, militarily as a independant nation.

The Ottoman Empire was a sick and dysfunctional entity by the time the Britsha by the French first defeated and dismembered it. It was such a mess, that the Brits and the French only made what was already a huge mess, even worse.

Your version of history fails when you look at the reality of the disaster the Ottoman Impire was to the region, and at the centre of that disaster was an area we now call Turkey, a country that came into existence with borders defined by the comcquers of the Ottoman Empire.

You attempt to glorify the past, and hope some sticks to modern day turkey is on par with what the Nazi Socialists tried to do with German History, crating a ficticiaous past to justify a problematic future.

Turkey was unique among Muslim majority countries in that it seemed to be advancing into a modern and successful country, the last decade has seen Turkey turn its back on the future and the first steps taken into madness.

I hope sensible Turks recognize the danger and like Attatuk, look to the future and not the past.

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