Language of alliance or benefits
Reader comment on: Erdogan: "The Image of the Jews Is No Different from that of the Nazis"
Submitted by Yasmin (Finland), Feb 11, 2013 06:53
Recently I read the article, written by Soeren Kern, which points out the attempt to murder free speech in the borders of Denmark in particular and Europe in general. I believe that the article was covertly claiming Islam as one of the obstacles against the freedom of speech, and, although I am a Muslim Turkish woman, have thought that the point was quite reasonable and myself also felt worried about the situation, since I believe that freedom of speech is not a necessity: it is an obligation for human beings and should be like defined.
However, in my opinion, placing value to the freedom of speech on one side and on the other side limiting the freedom in the terminology of being an "ally" is confusing. Although I do not support Mr. Erdogan's every word or deed - and although I perceive his attitude too strong and direct in the matter by considering the customs of international relations - I still do think that he has the right to speak about the murders happening in Palestine. If being an "ally" makes us slient and blind to violence, then the language we speak is not the language of alliance anymore; it becomes the language of benefits.
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