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Turkish barbarity at work in Northern Cyprus

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jul 20, 2010 at 18:20

It's refreshing to see Dr. Pipes change his mind on Turkey and no longer insist on his obligatory hagiographic epithets on Kemal and in praise of the Turkish militarism - " the state's most trusted institution and the guarantor of Atatürk's legacy, especially his laicism". Sooner or later realism and facts must prevail over wishful thinking , needn't it ?

Now if continued, the comparison between the behaviour of the Turks and Israelis would lead to many quite interesting observations. But leaving aside the fact that the Turkish invasion was from the beginning to the end a US-sponsored scheme with Henry Kissinger as its main author , that both the napalm the Turks used extensively and most of their weaponry in the invasion of Cyprus were almost all US made or came from other NATO member states and that now Northern Cyprus with 1 soldier per 6 inhabitants is probably the most heavily militarized region in the world , let's say a few words on something not mentioned in article and yet which makes such a striking diffrence between the civilized behaviour of the Israelis and the traditional Turkish barbarity we know from Turkey's genocides. I mean the extermination of cultural values. Within less than three decade the Turks have obliterated a few thousand years of non-Turkish and non-Islamic history and replaced it with their invented myths.

Northern Cyprus is an excellent example which shows how the Turkish "state's most trusted institution and the guarantor of Atatürk's legacy, especially his laicism" has engaged in the total Islamization of a territory under its control. This curious process started first with the most systematic and thorough destruction of everything reminding of the non-Islamic past of the part of Aphrodite's island and replacing it with what every tourist can observe in Turkey itself - Islamic monoculture with Ataturk's effigies everywhere.

Turkey's military, "the guarantor of Atatürk's legacy, especially his laicism" , had 77 churches changed into mosques with Quranic verses in the places where once the Christian paintings had been , appropriated 28 further churches for its own use as hospitals or camps and turned 13 more into barns . Parallel with the desacration, looting and destruction of churches , chapels and monasteries under the protection of Turkey's military was an unprecedented construction boom of mosques, minarets and Quranic schools in Northern Cyprus from which profited even the most remote villages and the boom has continued until this day.

It's worth stressing that the Turkish barbarity turned not just against things Greek like Greek cemeteries, Orthodox churches , chapels and monasteries but desacrated with equal fury also Protestant, Roman Catholic , Maronite and -of course - Jewish sites and objects of worship ! To quote one source : 'around 500 churches and religious sites belonging to the Greek-Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Cyprus, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Holy Monastery of St. Katherine in Sinai, the Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic-Armenian Church, the Catholic-Maronite Church, the Jewish community, as well as the Protestant Church, along with their cemeteries have been willfully desecrated, pillaged, looted and destroyed".

Next to that the practice of "renting or selling some of Christian Churches to private individuals, who use them as art studios, carpentry workshops, parking stations, coffee shops, residences, cultural centres, gymnasia, ceramics workshops, hotels, pubs, theatres, nightclubs, museums, ottoman baths (hamam), sports clubs and dancing schools" looks like a mild, merciful and humane action indeed.

Anyway, it seems that the tradition of barbarity is deeply-rooted in Turkey's consciousness and Kemal who started as a fully-fledged jihadist , with his record of genocide and total destruction of Hellenism in Asia Minor between 1919-1922 , has been successfully imitated by his faithful disciples in Northern Cyprus as Ataturk's legacy is not just the sweet lies the Turks keep telling the West about their "laicism" but rather the bloody crimes the West doesn't really want to hear of when told by Turkey's victims.

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