Thursday, November 22, 2007

Under Turkish rule -The Jewish safe-haven myth

…true secularism does not mean just any secularism. It means secularism that protects individual freedoms and rights, not the ultra-nationalist kind that breeds an environment in which Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” is a bestseller, the Armenian 'genocide' is denied and minorities are persecuted. Hrant Dink, the Armenian editor, was murdered by such a nationalist. It is this mix of virulent nationalism and predatory Islam in Turkey that makes the challenge for Turkish secular liberals greater than for any other liberal movement today.

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3 comments:

William Hermansen Lien said...

I didn't read everything (too long) but it's an interesting and well documented story. Something to think about. Especially what Turkey did during World War II.
Cheers

Dimitris said...

The story is quiet revealing for me...

David said...

The pogroms agains Jews in 1934, the Wealth tax for Jews in 1942 (stabbing in the back) and the pogroms in 1955 are still in the memory of many Jews.