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Muslims Get the Message as Turkey's Bid to Join the EU Stalls

Turkey and the EU

I recall that there were a number of Turkish guest workers in Germany during the early '60s, so they are not altogether strangers in Europe. From a civil rights perspective, it is discrimination. However, it may be a blessing in disguise not joining the EU. China is moving into Europe on a vast scale, buying up their debts and making trade deals that favor the Chinese. European leaders are balancing the budget on the back of ordinary workers who support, at least, 60 percent of the formerly developed economies in Europe. Unemployment is rising, and wages, along with social benefits, are going down. These "leaders" are so stupid that they don't realize they are destroying their economies with wage cuts and high unemployment. If Turkey wants to be owned by China, they can make their own deal and cut out the middle man.

While Turkey's interest in supporting Muslims in parts of Southern Europe formerly under the Ottoman Empire is understandable, they are opening up a can of worms. In those areas owned by Muslim majorities, it might work out, but non-Muslim areas will not respond to pressure. The First World War started in Serbia. This is a very sensitive area.

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Jan 4 2011 - 4:53pm