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Waving the Bloody Shirt

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Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Jul 21, 2010 at 20:49

Tugba, as someone who knows a little history, I know a thing or two about the horrors that accompanied Cyprus' independence struggle back in the 1940's and '50's. Yes, I appreciate the fears Tukish Cypriots (and Turks) might have felt when the Greek Colonels wanted Enosis with Cyprus

But, it seems to me that ALL of Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia has been doing a little too much bloody shirt waving and picking away at old, historical wounds. And, as a white American who is reminded ad nauseum about how I'm a settler and conqueror in the New World, does it not behoove the Turks to remember that they, too, are a colonizing people in Anatolia and Thrace (as well as Cyprus) before they start throwing bricks at the Jews, who numerous in Mesopotamia and Mediterranean Africa long before the Arabs?

Maybe you all ought to take a deep breath and consider that the only way you're ever going to get rid of your neighbors who are not like you is to commit acts which you would probably condemn as crimes if carried out by someone else.

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