Friday, September 11, 2009
A good friend, Orhan Kemal Cengiz, published today his opinion about 9/11, Turkey, Armenia etc.
Orhan is a lawyer and represent the families of the three men, tortured and killed in an attack at a Christian publishing house in April 2007 in Malatya Turkey.
He is a chairman of AI International in Turkey.
Orhan can only 'replace' himself with a bodyguard: 24/7/365
Here som excerpts:
If Turkey can recover its memory, if Turkey maintains peace with its Muslim identity on the one hand and its long history with Christians on the other, I believe this country will hold the key to the 21st century. Maybe I should write many different articles trying to explain what I am trying to tell you now, but let us view this column as an introduction to this vast area.
While the Ottoman Empire was disintegrating, it wasn't only the Christians who were massacred; the Muslim identity of this country was also denied completely. It appears paradoxical, does it not? This is what makes understanding Turkey so difficult. Christians were massacred to purify Anatolia, to create a nation-state. These massacres were carried out by the very people who tried to modernize Turkey. These “modern” people orchestrated massacres to create a nation-state that is based on a Muslim identity but also, in order to “modernize” society and to create a “modern state,” they banned every kind of expression of religious identity in the public sphere and exerted extreme control over every part of religious life. During these massacres, many devoted Muslims disobeyed orders and tried to save non-Muslims, believing this was what their religion ordered them to do.
Today is Sept. 11, the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York. Today our hearts will be with the innocent Americans whose only mistake was being in those buildings at the time of the attacks. It is not nice to speculate over incidents involving human suffering, incidents that are very tragic. But to prevent them from happening again, we should try to understand what conditions made their occurrence possible.
Read here the article.
A Dutch-Moroccan man accused of circumcising his 5-year-old daughter with a pair of scissors has been acquitted by a court in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The public prosecutor had demanded a 6-year jail sentence and is appealing the acquittal. The father was sentenced to three months in jail for another offence, having physically abused his daughter by biting and hitting her. He was arrested last year after his daughter had told her foster mother that her father had "cut her with a big pair of scissors". When doctors checked the girl, they found that part of her minor labia and the clitoris were missing.