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Submitted by Levent (Turkey), May 12, 2006 at 11:11

The silence on this issue speaks volumes about what people wish to hear. I suspect this thread would have just gone on and on if it were about the Armenian Massacres.

Dr Norman Stone, Professor of History at Oxford posed an interesting question:

"Why is it that all the serious books on Cyprus, or the Greek Anatolian invasion of 1919, or for that matter even the Armenian massacres of 1915, endorse the Turkish view, whereas the world still watches Midnight Express and bores you in the saloon bar with the ills of the Turks?"

Dr Pipes has been accused of not being a friend of Islam, but without intruding into that particular argument, I will thank him for being a friend of history. It is unfortunate that his genuine discussion gets hijacked by some many who use them as a vehicle to express the unreformed mentalities that persecuted Jews over the ages - except they have substituted Jews for Muslims.

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