"Armenians living in Turkey? I'm rather surprised, isn't there tremendous animosity between the groups?"
those were the older days, Turks and Armenians are getting along a lot better now. It takes time believe me, most of the Armeninans i met in the usa said i was the first turk they met, and they couldn't believe they were taught to hate me. They said this...education...is the key, good education doesn't come from good schools, but from good people.
The Turkish PM
had a recent aviation related deal with the Armenian government. He signed a deal to increase the numbers of flight slots between the two countries. I think this is a good step towards the EU. I won't stand and let people on here bash my nation's efforts.
My cousin is in high school, and they have a new class that teaches about Kurds, the misconception of a kurd and a PKK terrorist. I think some of you need to take this class. If you think the military runs things in Turkey to where people have no rights, you are ever so wrong. President Erdogan is taking power away from the military every day in this country, you should see the headlines and the news reports about the military, things you would never see 10 years ago. Yet you all just write us off as not caring or blocked country... Everyone here wants to be part of the EU, we are all trying hard, even small undeveloped business' in turkey are trying to adopt ISO standards and equate to European levels. We have churches and sinagogs in Turkey, i dont see anyone praising us for having this, isnt turkey the most westernized muslim country? We can keep our traditions and religion, and also supply a western life to those who want it. A kurd or a turk can go to school here. There is NO such law that stops kurds from going to a school here at all. But if they are fearful of being discriminated against, then they need to learn about Turks. Most of our population is extremely friendly and caring, you'll know this if you went on holiday to south turkey in your lifetime. When Turkey beat senegal in the world cup, there were 100s of kurds in the streets celebrating some my friends, let me guess, someone is going to say the military forced them to right? because that's a cheap shot...
Also, the ETA in Spain are considered terrorists, just yesterday 7 bombs went off.... but are all the Basques terrorists? This is the same thing with Kurds and Turks. I am sorry, we can't just break off a piece of an established country that took years to create and give it to a handfull of terrorists. Why is it that the European countries are slowly listening to Turkey about this PKK thing?...because in holland they found a PKK training camp, teaching how to make bombs and kill...it's not all black and white, i hope some of you are old enough to realize this. YES i am like bahadir...we did treat some kurds bad, but things are changing, and i have shown you above how. If the Spanish dont want to break off a piece of spain and give it to ETA and let them do as they wish, why should we create a Kurdistan for PKK terrorists?
Every country has had their share of issues, but given the position of turkey and the circumstances of history, you expect turkey to be as developed and filtered and fair as somewhere as SWEDEN? It's easy to be swedish, what hardship have they gone through lately. Look at where Turkey is and give us a damn break! North of Iraq! West of Iran! East of a clean developed Europe, home to a settlement of almost 50% of the Bibble's historical sites, and then Jews, then muslims, also Ottomans, and Greeks that once had parts of our land....do some of you realize the socio-economic situation that turkey was developed from? 3 major religions and dozens of civilizations have ruled this gateway... Look at how complex turkey's history has been! For god's sake they came from AUSTRALIA and NZ
to attack us in WWI ! And you expect a stable region with things flowing well after the history and the past of our geogrphic location?? We are in the middle of everything, except 9/11, that was the farthest disaster yet. And still we took a toll for that too with our economy.