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The Turks and their delusions

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jan 20, 2013 at 13:46

Dr Pipes

Very good indeed and I suspect that all the doors would have been open to you if you were singing the songs of praise of Turkey. It is a known fact that the Turks would open their archives to any scholar (and would even give him/her money) who would repeat to the world the absurd Turkish claims that there was no Armenian Genocide or a Greek Genocide or Syrian Genocide and that it is those nasty Kurds that deserve to be the victims of the Turkish state. But i can assure you that every thing that you write is read in Istanbul

As for the Arabic speaking Middle East their relationship with Turkey has been historically very interesting. The Arabs remember very well the Turkish imperialism and the fact that the Arab world was very backward for a very long time because of Turkish imperialism and even some of their great leaders the likes of the late Muhammad Abdo of Egypt made it clear that the Turks are not Arabs and that they are no more than foreign imperialists

And yes in places like Egypt Egyptians like to watch the Turkish soap operas because you will find gorgeous women, alcohol and plenty of sex. Now compare it this with the let us say Egyptian soaps where women are muhajabat and ugly and no kissing or even hugs or even show of affection between the sexes but would Egyptians look up to the Turks as their leaders? The answer is no

And do Egyptians visit Turkey? yes they do because it is easy to get a visitor visa to Turkey and it is much cheaper than let us say going to London or Paris or Rome and as an added bonus Egyptians and other Arabs love the fact that you can get to watch porn in your hotel room when in the meantime el-ikhwan in Egypt want to block are porn sites on the web

The truth is Turkey to is as alien to the Arabs as let us say Inner Mongolia

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