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Reader comment on item: Death and Exile: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ottoman Muslims, 1821-1922

Submitted by Kuassa (United States), Jul 21, 2004 at 09:24

Your article seems to start history at 1821. Have you forgotten what happened before 1821 for more than four centuries? In this timeframe the Ottoman Empire expanded in a previously unprecedented rate starting with siege and defeat of Constantinople. According to eyewittnesses the 8,000 defenders of Constantinople were slauthered, the head of the emperor was displayed and several of the most revered catholic churches were turned into stables with orgies and raping of women.

Then the Ottoman empire continued the conquest of huge areas. The Middle East (current Iraq and surrounding areas) and eastern Europe (the Balkan, Kosovo, Albania, Hungary) eyeing the conquest of whole of Europe which was of course was stopped at Hungary by that nation ongoing struggle against the Ottoman turks for 150 years. I have maps which shows Hungary before the conquest of Hungary and after where 1000's of villages virtually disappeared.

So after five centuries of expansions, constant war, pillaging and robbing other nations, the turks were kicked out in a backlash. Is this what you call '...Ethnic Cleansing of the Ottoman Turks..? What happened here is the manifestation of the saying: 'What goes around comes around'.
Kuassa (a diligent pupil of history)

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