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Commenting article: 'The Bulgarian Horrors': Gladstone's Bulgarian Legacy

Exclusive Novinite.com interview with Associate Professor Dr. Michael Meltev.

Associate Professor Dr. Michael Meltev has taught at the new Bulgarian University in Sofia since 2000, as a member of the Department of Mass Communications. He graduated the Bulgarian National Academy for Theater and Film Arts in 1980, specializing in film and television direction. He has worked at Boyana Studios, with Bulgarian National Television, where he was CEO in 1993-94, and has chaired the Bulgarian Union of Film-makers, as well as lecturing and teaching at many academic institutions throughout Bulgaria. He has published numerous publications related to the fields of film and electronic media. Dr. Meltev has received several prizes and awards for his productions, both within Bulgaria and abroad. His latest film, "Listen to the Stars", was awarded the Golden Vityaz this year in Lipetsk, Russia.

Professor Meltev: apart from your normal academic duties, we understand you have been working on a media project throughout the year. Would you please tell us what it is you have been doing?

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#1
jingsmaboab - 11 Jan 2010 // 16:03:24

It's funny how all these old Commies dress themselves up as true Bulgarian patriots these days...

#2
FIGMENT - 11 Jan 2010 // 17:05:57

Just because this douche bag is an old communist does not invalidate what he has to say about Turkey.

"An influential member of the Ottoman Committee of Union and Progress, Sheik Abd—ul—Hack, a 'progressive' Young Turk, made this revealing declaration writing in a Parisian Muslim review, (Le Mecherouttiete, edited by Sherif Pasha, Paris), in August, 1912:

Yes! The Musulman religion is in open hostility to all your world of progress. Understand, you European observers, that a Christian, whatever his position may be, by the mere fact of his being a Christian is regarded by us as a blind man lost to all sense of human dignity. Our reasoning with regard to him is as simple as it is definitive. We say: the man whose judgment is so perverted as to deny the existence of a one and only God, and to make up gods of different sorts, can only be the meanest expression of human degradation; to speak to him would be a humiliation for our intelligence and an insult to the grandeur of the Master of the Universe. The presence of such miscreants among us is the bane of our existence; their doctrine is a direct insult to the purity of our faith; contact with them is a defilement of our bodies; any relation with them a torture to our souls. Though detesting you, we have condescended to study your political institutions and your military organization. Over and above the new weapons that Providence procures for us through your agency, you have yourselves rekindled, the inextinguishable faith of our heroic martyrs. Our Young Turks, our Babis, our new Brotherhoods, all our sects, under various forms, are inspired by the same idea; the same necessity of moving forward. Towards what end? Christian civilization? Never! Islam is the one great international family. All true believers are brothers. A community of feeling and of faith binds them in mutual affection. It is for the Caliph to facilitate these relations and to rally the Faithful under the sacerdotal standard. "

The massacres of the Bulgarians (in 1876), and more extensive massacres of the Armenians (1894—96), culminating in a frank jihad genocide against the Armenians during World War I , epitomize these trends.

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FIGMENT - 11 Jan 2010 // 17:09:46

The latest domino to fall to Iran could be Turkey, which has one of the the biggest military forces in NATO. Turkey is now under the control of an Islamic party, which is slowly reversing eight decades of secularism and democracy. They are Sunni Muslims, but they can be bought and coerced by Iranian Shi'ites. After all, Islamists have two common enemies: the Big Satan (US) and the Little Satan (Israel). Turkey just signed 47 trade agreements with Syria, and therefore indirectly with Iran.

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dzingis - 11 Jan 2010 // 17:59:25

FIGMENT what the h*** are you talking about? Muslim nations are mostly colonies to the west and Russia.

If Turkey is truly an independent country, they would not be trying to get into the EU. A smarter thing instead would be forming a Caucasian union with Iran and the rest of countries in Caucasus now under Russian and American control.

#5
Buddy - 11 Jan 2010 // 17:59:59

Well done Gentlemen. A right and very timely quote, which is behind a lot of muslim massacres in the last century. Unfortunately those who advise the new US administration are not aware of the sacrifices european and midleast christians made under the Ottoman Turks, since they read history with the eyes of a brit, a german, but not trough the the Eyes of its own Consul Eugene Skyler for instance....
They are various sources of the Inhuman attitude of the criminal killers of today and they should never be forgotten...
Once again well done Sir,,,

#6
Bill - 11 Jan 2010 // 19:05:22

Dzingis:

"If Turkey is truly an independent country, they would not be trying to get into the EU."

Just out of curiosity, why do you think that? The EU is made up of independent countries. That's part of the problem. They're having a hard time working as a team.

Turkey has been a member of NATO for many years, so it's not surprising that they want to join the rest of the members.

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dzingis - 12 Jan 2010 // 00:42:01

FIGMENT,

"Just out of curiosity, why do you think that? The EU is made up of independent countries. That's part of the problem. They're having a hard time working as a team.

Turkey has been a member of NATO for many years, so it's not surprising that they want to join the rest of the members."

Wouldn't it be better for Turkey to share the throne of a Caucasian union with Iran as it was before the Russo-Turkish and Russo-Persian wars, instead of being marginalized at the edge of Europe?

Turkey has nothing to look for in the EU. NATO is on the other side really convenient for Turkey as a safety guarantee from Russia. Now would be a good moment for Turkey to widen it's cooperation with Iran instead of this EU blamage.

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dzingis - 12 Jan 2010 // 00:43:02

Sorry I meant to quote Bill in my previous post.

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Bill - 12 Jan 2010 // 01:04:05

dzingis:

"Wouldn't it be better for Turkey to share the throne of a Caucasian union with Iran as it was before the Russo-Turkish and Russo-Persian wars, instead of being marginalized at the edge of Europe?"

I doubt that very much. It's not Turkey's fault that they're "marginalized at the edge of Europe". That's a simple geographical fact. So are Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria.

The way Iranian politics seems to be headed, they're as much of a threat to Turkey as they are to the rest of the so-called "Western World". Strategically, Turkey controls the south coast of the Black Sea and the approaches to it, which is critical to the safety of many.

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dzingis - 12 Jan 2010 // 02:17:32

Seems to me that the way Iran is headed the only threat it presents is to itself. If Iran would open, to say Turkey and the current leadership stops scoring points with rural Iranians it would only save Iran from implosion.

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Bill - 12 Jan 2010 // 02:29:37

dzingis:

Tlat's all very well in theory, but I don't see it working in practice. Iran is governed by a clerical council and its present President is a dictator rivalling Saddam Hussein. It's scary, and in spite of all their denials, all the indications are that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, or trying to.

This could well start a whole new war or series of wars, especially given Muslim hatred for Israel. I think Israel really has to worry about that.

#12
DrFaust - 12 Jan 2010 // 03:10:52

Bill,

"Strategically, Turkey controls the south coast of the Black Sea and the approaches to it, which is critical to the safety of many."

You are right. And not only this, almost all pipelines for oil and gas that will supply Europe in the future will go through Turkish territory. Turkey will be the transit country No. 1 for oil and gas from Azerbaijan, Kasachstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Egypt and even a very important transit country for Russian oil and gas (more important than Ukraine now). That's NOT what I would call a marginalized country.

Regarding Turkish foreign policy, it is very rational and efficient. Turkey is improving its relatiosn with all its neighbours and this is of course in the interest of the country. It is very naive to think they do this because they don't want to be in the EU or want to create a 'Caucasian' union with Iran.

Furthermore, Erdogan is everything else but an Islamic fundamentalist. His success is based on the fact that the mass of the new middle class but also the marginalized people didn't feel represented by the frequently arrogant Kemalist elite, who looks with contempt on these people.

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FIGMENT - 12 Jan 2010 // 06:39:54

Bill

Erdogan's efforts to further re—Islamize Turkey are entirely consistent with a return to Turkey's Ottoman past as the heartland of an Empire established by jihad, and governed by the Shari'a. Indeed, both the current Erdogan administration, and the regime headed by the overtly pious Muslim Erbakan, a decade ago, reflect the advanced state of Islam's "sociopolitical reawakening" in Turkey since 1950—1960, when the Menderes government——pandering to Muslim religious sentiments for electoral support——re—established the dervish orders, and undertook an extensive campaign of mosque construction.

Modernists are feeling desperate. They have gambled and lost at least three important battles: First, they placed their hopes on the United States and the Atlantic alliance. That strengthened their domestic position until 9/11/01. Then they placed their hopes on the European Union. When the United States knocked out Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Turks voted to block the US Fourth Army Corps from invading Iraq from the North.

But shafting America didn't work for modernizers in Turkey. They have ended holding the short end of the stick. The Islamist AKP was able to use the Iraq War and the War on Terror to increase its power domestically in Turkey. Relations between Turkey and the US have become frayed; Israel-Turkish relations are at risk. The rise of a free Kurdish republic in Iraq has scared the Turks, who have a long history of violent struggle with the Kurds. And now the EU may be walking away from them.

The Turks expected their betrayal of the Americans to be rewarded with admission into the EU. Instead, the European Union has been deeply shaken by the rise of Islamism domestically, and now that the AKP has actually increased its power, Turkey looks less and less likely to become a full EU member. The Balkan countries, which have just joined the EU, still suffer from traumatic memories of the Ottoman Empire, which brutalized them for four centuries. Eastern Europe will resist Turkish accession to the EU. And Western Europe is finally grasping the folly of its multiculturalist fantasy, which whitewashed the long history of Islamic aggression against Europe. Two million Pakistanis have moved to London, making it the most dangerous center of Islamist agitation in Europe. While the EU is moving to become a superpower, it has never in its history pursued an enlightened and responsible policy. So far it is primarily marked by elite-encouraged anti-Americanism. There is no guarantee whatsoever about its future policies.

Thus the EU is shafting the Turks, just as the Turks betrayed the United States. Call it poetic justice.

Turkey's bid to join the EU should be rejected.

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FIGMENT - 12 Jan 2010 // 06:53:44

Bill

" You are right. And not only this, almost all pipelines for oil and gas that will supply Europe in the future will go through Turkish territory."

Europe would die without Middle Eastern oil. The Europeans are deluded, historically ignorant, and lazy to boot, enticed by hot pursuit of an illusory Peace of the Lion and the Lamb, Forever and Ever, Karl Marx Willing. To guarantee the peace, they spend a pittance for defense, knowing they can get the U.S. military to rescue them in Kosovo and Georgia. We just saw the Euroclimate farce in Copenhagen falling apart because even the Chinese and the Russians no longer believe in Marxist Wonderland. Only fools and Eurosocialists are suckering their taxpayers that way...oh yes, and the Obama administration. But we knew that.

The whole Middle East knows it, too. That's why the dominoes are falling Ahmadinejad's way right now. The Arabs and Turks know there's no downside to dissing this American president, but there is a huge downside to upsetting the mullahs. So they make rational choices and go with the strong horse, just as Osama bin Laden told us they would.

Under President We're So Sorry!!!, the United States doesn't scare anybody. So there's a big Mount Everest avalanche a-comin', and the Israelis are not going to wait for the next administration in 2012 or 2016, because that will be much too late for them. That's what the mullahs see also, and they are acting accordingly.

Oh yes, and then there's another piece of good news: John Kerry wants to go to Iran to negotiate peace. His spokesman just denied it, so it has to be true. Senator Kerry is the guy who just blocked U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. Trade sanctions are the only peaceful leverage we have, so between Kerry and Obama, the world has been rendered helpless...short of war, that is.

#15
Bill - 12 Jan 2010 // 08:23:37

Nellie:

"Turkey's bid to join the EU should be rejected."

No. Your (and HP's) right to spread bigotry on this forum should be rejected.

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