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    Re: Turkey to assume control of Benghazi airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshabar View Post
    Turkey is a beautiful country. Their military is very close to ours. They do their tourism beautifully and protect their heritage very well. I didn't see any abject poverty in Turkey, not in the cities and not in the country. For sure many people still appear to be living as they did a thousand years ago but it seems to me a beautiful thing. Maybe Kaya can tell us more about Turkey. It seems to me it is very well run. I had feared they were veering toward radical Islamism and maybe this is a sign they are not.
    Well i currently live in Turkey and i enjoy the same quality of life here as i did in London. The only places you would see poverty is in the heavily Kurdish populated regions of the East but in light of the increasingly high economic performance here, these are issues that are being eased. I'm happy here. Radical Islamism? If so, then nothing i have seen. What the AKP is doing is trying to implement Democracy with Islam and showing that it is possible. Although due to our general secular orientation here in Turkey, this isn't being done to a degree that would be classed as outside the bounds of the EU. Do i like some of the stuff that AKP have done? Yes and No.

    Fact is this Republic's existence is owed to Ataturk and Kemalism. We will never depart from it and its the only way we can enlighten, liberalize and move forward.

    Turks I met in Turkey reminded me more of Americans than any people I have ever met anywhere. They were eager, optimistic, open and outspoken.
    Where did you travel?
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    Re: Turkey to assume control of Benghazi airport

    Kaya, We traveled in Turkey about ten years ago. Spent a week in Istanbul then Kusadasi and areas around there, visited Selcuk and saw Ephesus and the other sites around there. Then on to Kusadasi and around the circle to Cappadocia, Ankara and back to Istanbul. I thought it would have been so wonderful to have grown up in Istanbul. Such a rich and fascinating tapestry of history.

    I think you are very fortunate to live in Turkey. I remember thinking the soil in the farm land was the most fertile and beautiful I'd ever seen, the grass so green and rich. The vegetables are wonderful and delicious in the simple preparations of dolmas. Waaaaaa! I want to be there and have fresh bread and stuffed eggplant!

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    Re: Turkey to assume control of Benghazi airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshabar View Post
    Kaya, We traveled in Turkey about ten years ago. Spent a week in Istanbul then Kusadasi and areas around there, visited Selcuk and saw Ephesus and the other sites around there. Then on to Kusadasi and around the circle to Cappadocia, Ankara and back to Istanbul. I thought it would have been so wonderful to have grown up in Istanbul. Such a rich and fascinating tapestry of history.

    I think you are very fortunate to live in Turkey. I remember thinking the soil in the farm land was the most fertile and beautiful I'd ever seen, the grass so green and rich. The vegetables are wonderful and delicious in the simple preparations of dolmas. Waaaaaa! I want to be there and have fresh bread and stuffed eggplant!
    Dolma's
    You've made me hungry now. Its definitely a great city and i promise its better now than it was then. You should find time to come back someday!

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    Re: Turkey to assume control of Benghazi airport

    Turkey, as the gateway to both Europe and Asia, is one of the most strategic locations in the world. The entrance of Turkey into NATO, in 1952, was a major bulwark against Soviet expansion. Also, decisive battles throughout history have been fought on the isthmus located in Turkey. I would say that the military and economic aid we have paid to them is more than justified by what we have received from them as an ally.
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    I got a powerfully strong sense of history and empire in Turkey as I have experienced no where else in the world. Awesome place.

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