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Victors write history, Susan

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 17, 2006 at 18:23

Dear Susan ,

Thanks a lot for the comment.

"Castro , Stalin , Mao and Moslem dictators(generally) won. Hitler and Milosevic lost. Pol Pot actually lost but was never brought to justice. It is the winning party that decides who the heroes and the villains are. Who wants to side with losers? It is questionable, but hardly strange."

> the so called glorious ottoman empire collapsed, so i wouldn't call the turks victorious, so it's not entirely true.

Do you know anything about the fateful Hellenic-Turkish war of 1919-1922 ? And have you heard what happened to Smyrna , to the Greeks in Pontos , to the whole Hellenic culture in Asia Minor as a result ? The Turks perpetrated the most awful genocide against the Greeks. They won. Mustafa Kemal the super-secularist got the title of "ghazi" "the slayer of Christians" for that . He created the most jingoistic, militaristic and oppressive regime in the Near East to "westernize" the Anatolian barbarians. He was the victor who wrote history ...e.g. that the Turks are the oldest nation on earth as they are descendents of the Sumerians and the Hittites ... much older than the Hellenes...

>Also the abuse that the ottomans did to people from balkans is not often told on hystory books, as well as the stalinists gulags are hidden.

History books are written according to guidelines coming from the ministries and ministers who decide what is to be written and what is to be left unsaid are not historians and don't care about history but about power they exert.


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