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in response to reader comment: The slave hunters' state of the Crimean Tatars and a second disciple of Ataturk

Submitted by Mozere (United Kingdom), Mar 2, 2012 at 07:37

Here you go again with your anachronisms. To the shame of the whole world, regardless of colour creed and culture, slavery was the norm up to 19th century,a shockingly recent date.Outlawed by the British only in 1833 through the efforts of Wilberforce.At least Islam had strict rules for the humane treatment of slaves.

Italians routinely enslaved muslims in the Med.for hundreds of years to power their ships and to receive ransom money.We all know Western Europe enriched itself by slave trade,foremost being Spain,Portugal and England.Bristol outdid Kaffa many times over,a lot of stately homes in the UK was built with the blood money of slavery in the sugar plantations.If you think that the Crimean Tartars have no rights to their country through the sins of their ancestors,then by the same token the Africans should over take Western Europe.

Ottomans were a medieval empire,a reincarnation of Byzantines,and should be judged as such.When they saw the Polish and Hungarian patriots and Swedish king Charles with remnants of his army escaping their Russian tormentors they did not see them through the eyes of a modern day Jihadist, they gave them help and declared war on Russia.Catholic Poles,despite being brother Slavs,were persecuted by the Czar,a nasty case of politics mixing with religion

You can visit Polonez Koy,polish village in Turkish,near Istanbul,a pleasant resort.Our great poet Nazim Hikmets ancestor was one such Polish patriot who had found asylum in the ottoman lands

The Byzantines did not treat their Egyptian and Armenian subjects with kid gloves,to them they were merely heretical Monophysites,nor did the emperor Basil the Bulgar slayer was kind to the Bulgarians,nevertheless he is considered a great emperor by the Greeks.Ah human nature.


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