Friday, April 20, 2007

When will this change...

The brutal slaughtering of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey by Islam-nationalists (you have them in all tastes and colors) shows again that the Turkish state, doesn't matter if it is ruled by democratic Islamists, Kemalists or socialists, can not even protect its tiny minority of less than 1% of non-Muslims.

In contrary to the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany and so on, where Muslims can practice and advertise their religion freely without risking their lives. And even in these European countries they have a say in politics. The massive outcry in the Turkish press over these murderers looks hypocritical. Nothing will change as long as Turkey doesn't restructure the back bones of the Turkish society. And as long as that is not the case nothing will change in the mindset of the Turkish people: Christians are in Turkey to convert Muslims to Christianity. This doctrine and excuse is not valid anymore.

When I read the columnists of today, I got a terrible feeling. But I want to make an exception for Mustafa Aykol, whose comments and columns are like a scream in the dark. I recommend his writing in his blog of The White Path. And of Ziya Meral, his column 'the banality of the murders'