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Submitted by Kaan (Germany), Aug 17, 2010 at 09:28

Dear Ianus,

"You preclude any possibility that I might have some experience in these matters, don't you?"

Ianus, as you comment in a very fluent style, I am quite sure, it is not the very first time for you. Further on you use several historic examples, interesting ones, which I have never denied or refused!

"I notice you haven't included a single specific Turkish crime."

Ianus, Turks have commited crimes, that is a fact. It is also a fact, that Greeks have committed crimes, as well as Russian, Bulgarian, Kurds, ... We do not live in an idealistic world, with only good guys and bad guys. Going back to history, there are many crimes and injustices. Again, this is no excuse for any crime! I am not telling you, that Turkish crime X is equal to Greek crime Y and therefore it is acceptable. That is definitely not the point. Each crime is a shame and needs to be fairly discussed and made public, so that next generations do not do the same mistakes. Many Turks do not do that in the right extent, as they deny many crimes totally and are not used to discuss about difficult topics.

I would like to give you an example of a current crime, from my point of view: There is always an outcry in Turkey, to be more precise, within certain Turkish groups, if a Western European authority has stopped a mosque construction or something similiar as burka ban. Now let's look on Turkey? How many churches have been allowed to be constructed within the last 10 years in Turkey. I do not know, I would guess 0 (former ones newly renovated not included). It is quite obvious, that there is no tolerance to other religions. Now I can blame Turkey, yes, and I do. However, I do not stop there, as there are similiar injustices with minority groups in e.g. Greece. I also consider them as not right. The pity is, you do not consider them. I do not like the way you discuss, as you neglect totally other nations' crimes. That is not right!

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