The human race is condemned to forget history and dream of things that are important in their past glory but not to remember the skeletons infesting the cupboard. Nearly every country has a skeleton hidden away that embarasses the current generation.

Turkey is no exception when it comes to glory and a tainted history. During the mid-sixties I was working away from home and stayed at a small home where my landlady was Armenian. One day she handed me a cutting of an old Turkish newspaper that had a picture of three young girls at the centre of an advert. When translated for me, it was offering these Armenian children for sale as slaves. One can only guess the purpose of the sale.

Later in the day, my landlady told me of her experience of horror. After her mother had been beheaded by the Turkish invaders, she had watched them kicking her mother's head, as if it was a ball, along the road.

Can anyone name just one long established country that does not smell?

Ernest Reid

Dollard des Ormeaux

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