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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Telling the Truth in Turkey

By David Aikman
Beyond the News

Many people know that one of the first terrible acts of genocide in the 20th century was the Turkish deportation and massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians during World War I. The problem is that the Turks themselves have never admitted this atrocity.

Recently they even put on trial a popular Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk, who had the courage to remind them of that atrocity. His crime?--he was charged with insulting Turkish identity.

Under great pressure from the European Union, which Turkey wants to join, a Turkish court dismissed the charges against Pamuk. But the statute making an attack on so-called "Turkish identity" punishable by a prison sentence remains on the books.

Nations only become healthy by admitting the truth about their past both to themselves and others. Pamuk deserves the applause of truth-seekers everywhere for his honesty and courage.


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