In one of the latest issues of Dubai English language daily “7 Days” (30 May 2006) reader Rocky O?Rourke expressed the following view regarding the presence of Western powers in the
“? the British were 'meddling' in Iraqi affairs for almost 100 years because
This triggered a long debate in the online version of the newspaper (see blow links)
Hassan A. Demir a Turk living in
“Rocky O?Rourke tries to justify involvement of the British in the
Another reader called Mariam K. made the following comment (2 June 2006):
It is obvious that Mariam K. is confusing the time when Arabia was flourishing (from 9-14th centuries, as she clearly mentions), with the more recent period of the Ottoman rule (16-20th centuries), during which
The debate continued on 5th June 2006.
A reader signing KH (Karim Hanna, a Lebanese national, as revealed later in the debate) from
“Let me tell you a little story about my grandfather (among others) whose mother sold her house for a bag of flour during the Ottomans' hunger oppression of the
My grandfather is still alive and very well may I add and he can recall many stories from that period in the early 1900s. People were forced to go walking in the streets picking whatever they can from horse droppings in order to survive. (Please excuse my last description but Mariam forced me to do this). The Ottomans starved people Ms Mariam and I really don't know where you got your information from. You even went so far as to describe Albert Hourani who is a prominent historian as a victim of Western ideologies; this goes to show that you yourself don't have a mind of your own and obviously have been fed information contrary to historical facts. All empires / superpowers have their negative and positive aspects but the fact that you claimed the
May I also add a small point which is the Armenian genocide or holocaust. You might have overlooked the figure of one million Armenians Ms Mariam who were tortured and slaughtered but then again this is why I am writing to you.
Well thankfully my grandfather's memory is very clear and he's in pretty good shape. Just hearing him recalling the story is quite moving. Basically the Turks in
It was only when the allies arrived that people were rejoicing and were given an option to be mandated either by the British, Americans or French. Since the Maronites had the power in those days they selected the French. People debated though and some wanted the Americans or British rather than the French. It's funny. It was that simple. You may recall the movie 'Safarbarlek' by the Rahbanis which gives an idea of those days and how it was. My grandfather even talks about the Armenian experience and the genocide they went through at the hands of the Ottomans. Those that survived were forced to walk all the way to
I would also like to clarify that they didn't eat horse's dung, but rather the seeds or nutrients found in horse's dung. Just a clarification”.
In response H. M. posted the following answer to Karim Hanna:
“I am a 31 year old Turkish woman who is coming from another ethnic group called the Laz (northern east of
Did you know that the Ottomans send over ships that were full of foodstuffs to
What is so amazing is that in the west, the French government, especially, have been encouraging people to bring up this so-called genocide subject again and again. I want to ask you who killed over a million Algerians under French colonial rule? and I have yet to read even a single article or comment about this subject on this paper.
Answer by Karim Hanna:
“This is Karim Elias Hanna. I wrote the facts above. First and foremost, why are you attacking me? What do you mean by 'people like you'? Does retelling a story told by my grandfather require expertise? Furthermore, what kind of a request is it to ask me to show my name? Is it to see if I am Armenian? Are you going to change history with my name?”
At another point of the debate Karim Hanna affirmed his views by the following interesting comment:
“The mistake Mariam and H. M. make is that they mix so many events together when the subject is clear. The fact that this happened in
“7 days” has covered the Armenian Genocide in the past. See the following article by Azad-Hye on the subject: http://www.azad-hye.net/news/viewnews.asp?newsId=734d67