Friday, May 30, 2008

My first post is a message

At first, just to make a small correction. I was spending my daily life between Greece and Turkey from 2003 to 2006; not during 2006-07.

When Hans extended his invitation to me, in order to join the group, I accepted with no hesitation due to my vivid interest regarding our region and its people. An interest that started by realizing how rich we are… in many ways… in culture, in history, in politics... everything! But, like any other story, there is an ugly part and not just the beautiful one.

Sometimes we keep ourselves occupied by suspicion, superstition… emotions mixed with a sense of “superiority” towards the others and instead of using all the great “tools” we have in our hands for further development and cooperation… for integration and in search of the very best outcome, we set obstacles by any chance!

We have gold in our hands and yet, we don't know its value. Try to travel among the Balkan countries, for example. I am sure you will meet wonderful people... But still, something is missing: confidence that we can succeed together. Trust to each other.

Who or what is responsible for this? I guess, we all have an idea and a point view…

This one is mine (just in general); my perception about our region and you don't have to agree. On the other hand synthesis can happen not only when we agree, but also when we disagree. Therefore, any objection is most welcome and I hope my contribution and your contribution to this good will dialogue will make us all wiser.

Dear Sincerae and dear Vedat, thank you for your warm welcome! I would like to make just a short comment: Sincerae wrote wonderful things about me, and I guess that makes expectations high. But, I am just a normal person that sometimes makes mistakes… well, usually, but that is another story… so I hope with a little help from all of you, to find a way to communicate and to share ideas, news, and everything that can reduce distance between… Istanbul, Athens, Patra, Amsterdam and any other place.

Suicides in Iraq

More American military veterans have been committing suicide than US soldiers have been dying in Iraq.
At least 6,256 US veterans took their lives in 2005, at an average of 17 a day. Former servicemen are more than twice as likely than the rest of the population to commit suicide.
Such statistics compare to the total of 3,863 American military deaths in Iraq since the invasion in 2003 - an average of 2.4 a day, according to a reliabe web site.
And today the USA army PR services announced that the numbers of suicides are inclining.
How many suicides by American soldiers can the current USA administration convince that they started a needless war? And we are not talking here about the many lives of innocent Iraqis...

Day Opening - May 30

'Conception de Venus' by Enrico Donati.