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Article 301 and Turkish official historiography

Reader comment on item: A Million Moderate Muslims on the March
in response to reader comment: Cyprus Massacres

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), May 24, 2007 at 18:06

Tijen wrote :

> The only reason Ecevit ordered the Turkish army to go into Cyprus was to protect the Turks of the island who were being massacred by the Greeks and burried in mass graves!

A perfect pretext , what ? If this was a humanitarian expedition (as in every conflict where Turkey was involved , the other side is of course to blame ! It's so Islamic ! ) , then tell me e.g. why the "rescued" Cypriot Turks left Cyprus en masse after the Turks occupied Northern Cyprus ? They had had nothing to do with Turkey since 1878 and when they saw what it meant to be incorporated into the Kemalist paradise with Antolian guardian-angels at least 60 000 preferred to leave for the UK , Canada , Australia etc. Remarkably enough , no emigrated to Turkey .

> But you can not believe that because you have a one track mind that believes the only murderers in history are the Turks.

Weren't they ? What were these Oghuz gazis doing in Asia Minor beside a permanent holy war ? And the Ottomans ? And the Young Turks ? And the greatest of all the Turkish mass murderers - Gazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha ? All were good examples of how giaours were defeated with loving kindness and dialectical arguments , weren't they ?

> Your mind will not allow you to ever admit that hundreds of thousands of innocent Turkish civilians were also ruthlessly slaughtered in the Balkans and Anatolia by the people you defend.

Quoting your history schoolbook printed in the Office of the Turkish Ministry of Propaganda ?

You think we're here all fools , or what ? Try to say a different story from yours in Turkey and Article 301 will bring you to prison with the well known charges of "denigration of Turkishness" and a sentence of three years.

No doubt this Article is the best guarantee both of freedom , honesty and of high quality of scholarly debate a la turque !!!

> You must keep an open mind. No one group of people is 100% right, 100% of the time.

How generous of you ! You seem to admit that it applies even to the Turks ... But in that case be cautious ! The watchful guardians of Article 301of the Turkish Penal Code are watching you !


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