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Submitted by havas (Turkey), Dec 9, 2010 at 18:23

my english is not enough to write too long. ı try to make simple comments about how ı feel as a turk. ı am a muslim. this is my belief and culture. ı wont accept any bad comment against islam. so ı disgree with your opinions about islam. on the other hand ı agree with you that turkish islam and others are different. our islamic belief is deeper than the other countries, but it is much more piecefull and tolarates others. because we lived together with christians and jews together for hundreds of years.we know you. ı and most of us turks accept the advanced culture of west. we wanted to join eu. but we are rejected and humiliated by their leaders. and european people dont want us there. so today including myself, great majority of us dont want to join eu any more.ı feel very much insulted by the attitudes of europeans.

the reason why we became more conservative(and not islamic) country is this rejection. but we also realised that economically and politically we can act independently and still can be fine. ı think mr erdoğan is doing this job very well. we started to get self confidence now. it is quite possible that in few years turkey will drop its demand for eu membership.because we started to have a better democracy, we started to be richer now.so maybe we dont need eu anymore.

personally ı feel very bad things against israeli people after the murdered 9 turks in the ship. ı dont think my feelings will change until ı die. ı try to seperate the jews of the world from israelis. but this doesnt mean that ı kill or smack israelis or dont do business with them. this means ı will not sit in the same table with any israeli who defends these murders.

ı thank you for your good words about turks. but from our point of view it is not so important that europeans seperate us from the other muslims. because ı know that european people dont want us there and we turks accepted this situation.we dot need to push this artificially. we must be independent country. ı hope we can succeed to be rich people some day.

ı also think that there is 0 % possibility for turkey to adopt sharia laws.we need the same standarts as west have, sharia cant do this. not to satisfy west but for ourselves .

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