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November 12, 2005

Forgive but don't forget

There should be no one on this planet that doesn't welcome Turkey's efforts to stop the genocide and political sanctions against the Armenian and the Kurds and the ongoing aggressive stance against Greece and Cyprus with war threats and daily air-space violations. We should also not forget though that despite few improvements there is still a very long way to go.

For all those that consider Turkey's inclusion in the European Union there is still a single argument against, that is impossible to resolve:

Turkey's geographical and geo-political position.



Although a small part of Turkey borders with Europe, the majority of the country's inland and borders remain at the north Middle East and West Asia. In fact most major Turkish cities - excluding Istanbul - have no European characteristics whatsoever. Neither have the inhabitants of these territories anything in common with the average European man and woman.
So when the Americans and the British campaign for the inclusion of a country, that doesn't get along with any of its neighbor's, in the European Union, they suggest merging two alien civilizations. They also indirectly suggest that Syria, Iraq, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia and neighbor countries will also at some point have to be regarded as European members.

There is nothing wrong with that, as long as we find a new name for this cross-border cross-cultural Union.

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