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Submitted by havas (Turkey), Dec 20, 2010 at 05:58

Being a proud American, currently living in Europe again, I could not help being taken aback by your open comments in regard to my country and its intentions in the world. But I also found myself smiling about quite a few misconceptions you have about us.

Be prepared for some heavy comments on this one. Since my time does not allow for an extended response right now, I'll get back to you in more detail tomorrow.

me and great majority of turks(say over 95%) will not understand and believe that America is a clean country whose only mission is helping to the world. we will never understand the good things you have done in ıraq for example no matter what you say. if you really think so, ı beg americans not to help to the world anymore please.

but dear friend, this dont mean that we dont like american people or american products or we hate christianity or we support terrorizm. this is politics and turkeys benefits interfere with americas.

for example it is true that iran can be a very dangerous country with the nuclear bombs.but we have borders with them,buy oil,gas from them. we sell a lots of things to them. millions of iranians visit our country. why should we loose so much money. why should we be enemy with our neighbor. only because israel and america wants.

and how about israel. they attacked to our ship in the international waters not even waiting it to enter to their borders and killed 9 non armed civilian turks.now if we lived 10 years ago with leftist or nationalist governments directing turkey, there could be a war between israel and turkey. ı cant imagine the rest of it. our so called islamic government did nothing about this.but can turkish people ever forget what happened now. ofcourse no. sympathy to jews and especially to israel is completely finished here. so everything is not religon. there are real reasons about people to feel hostility or friendship to each other.

also americans in ıraq in bush period captured 11 turkish soldiers and put bags on their heads. we have seen these pictures in the press millios of times. you think we forget these. ofcourse not.

world must find a solution about iran and israel also. but since they are our neighbours, nobody must ask too much from us.

you people must seperate politics from terrorizm. if ım against israel and usa politics this doesnt necessarily make me a fundementalist islamist or terrorist. ı still can sit in the same table with a jew or american. hope you understand what ı try to say.

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