Despite what Gov. Perry says, Turks are not terrorists

January 23, 2012

As an American of Turkic descent, I am outraged Gov. Rick Perry's response to Brett Baier's Turcophobic and twisted question about Turkey ("Turkey rejects Perry comments," Jan. 18). Gov. Perry made a disastrous mistake by saying that Turkey is governed by terrorists, that it shouldn't receive U.S. foreign aid and that its membership in NATO should be questioned.

Turkey is the only country in the Middle East whose government is democratically elected by full participation of all of its citizens.

Turkey's current government is indeed Islamic-leaning, but this is not much different from what we observe in the U.S. or other Western democracies, where parties and politicians with far-right Christian leanings are often in power.

Moreover, Turkey lost 30,000 of its citizens to PKK terrorists and 100 of its diplomats and citizens were killed by Armenian terrorists.

John Palabiyik, Hanover

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