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Reader comment on item: Turkey in Cyprus vs. Israel in Gaza
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Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Nov 5, 2012 at 05:59

Ianus, just because once upon a time I said that the Uyghur and the Hui got a raw deal from Old Mao--along with a few hundred million other people-- you have assumed I am a Turcophilic Muslim. The fact of the matter is that I am an American Christian (Trinitarian, Calvinistic) with family ties to southern China and Taiwan, the Jews, and a lot of other peoples.

Forgive my sounding bland when I tried to describe the Megale Idea for other people here who asked. I didn't realize that it was incumbent upon me to assume that the Greeks were always the Good Guys and the Turks always the bad, because the latter are a settler people (what does that make me, since I'm an American without known indigenous ancestry?) and Muslims.

For the record, believing that Jesus did die on the cross to save us from our sins and rose from the dead three days later (as well as being God incarnate), I happen to believe that it is impossible for me to see Muhammad as anything but an imposter, and his Qur'an a lie. But am I not also allowed to believe that there may be a better way to deal with Islam and Muslims than a new Crusade. And am I supposed to believe that every time a Muslim gets hit by a bus, he deserves it simply because his parents were Turks? I think not!

And, if you really must know, I do not buy for a moment the propaganda about how wonderful things were under the dhimmi system; nor do I think that the cleansing of the Greeks, Armenians, and Syriacs from Anatolia was a good thing.

But, must I spend my life hating people simply because my ancestors (who quite obviously survived, BTW, or else I wouldn't be posting) got kicked around by somebody else's ancestors? Must I hate Spain, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, all Chinese from north of the Chang Jiang, France, England, blahblahblah because stuff happened in the past?

Basically, my point was that Greece saw an opportunity at the end of WWI and lost. Rebel or no, Ataturk won (as did Mao, the Marxist warlord).

Maybe a lot of the world (certainly the Islamic one, if that makes you happy) needs to move on and stop waving the bloody shirt.


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