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Turkish miracle of remembering things which have never happened

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jul 22, 2010 at 18:33

Peter Herz wrote :

>I can't help feeling tempted to throw the "settler" epithet at the Turks...don't they remember that they are conquerors and settlers in Anatolia and Thrace?<

Turks have extremely flexible memory. They "remember" things which have never happened. Their history books tell them e.g. that ALL civilization is Turkic in origin, that Turkish is the oldest language of all and is the first source from which of all other languages of mankind have sprung (Sun language theory), that Turks are direct descendents of the Sumerians and the Hittites , that the Turkish history is at least 10 000 years old, that Homer was a Turkish poet originally named 'Omer' etc. etc. ...

After a history lesson in a Turkish school you can't but firmly believe that mentioning Turks as "conquerors and settlers in Anatolia and Thrace" is just another anti-Turkish "lie" and "defamation" and contrary to "real history" as taught in Turkey. After all it is Turkish history lessons that contribute most to the joy of repeating the most popular slogan in Turkey : "Ne mutlu türküm diyene" ("What a happiness to be a Turk").

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