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Donn
06-28-2016, 02:58 PM
2 explosions, multiple gunshots, 10 dead, 40 injured.

Developing.

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Donn
06-28-2016, 04:14 PM
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BREAKING: #Istanbul (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Istanbul?src=hash) governor says 28 pple killed, 60 injured in suicide attacks hitting Ataturk airport. There were three attackers, he says



5:11 PM - 28 Jun 2016

Duncan Gibbs
06-28-2016, 05:48 PM
Horrific and pointless. :(

Tom Montgomery
06-28-2016, 06:11 PM
Pointless with regard to the advancement of any sane agenda.

Effective in killing some of those one hates. :(

The Bigfella
06-28-2016, 07:46 PM
Pointless with regard to the advancement of any sane agenda.

Effective in killing some of those one hates. :(

... and in this case, probably many of those they don't hate too.

Garret
06-29-2016, 07:04 PM
Sorry I missed this thread when you posted it Donn.

I have memories of visiting with families in the park in Istanbul - 11PM & all the kids out & playing while the parents watched indulgently, talking with a bus driver (who initiated the conversation) for an hour while waiting for people, and best of all 4+ hours of talking politics & drinking raki in the back room of a pottery booth in the Izmir bazaar. Those guys were devoted socialists! Oh - the fisherman whose boat railway I helped fix - neither of us speaking the other's language & a backdrop of a ruin where Antony & Cleopatra trysted.

A country of very warm, friendly people.

carioca1232001
06-29-2016, 08:21 PM
.....I have memories of visiting with families in the park in Istanbul - 11PM & all the kids out & playing while the parents watched indulgently, talking with a bus driver (who initiated the conversation) for an hour while waiting for people, and best of all 4+ hours of talking politics & drinking raki in the back room of a pottery booth in the Izmir bazaar. Those guys were devoted socialists! Oh - the fisherman whose boat railway I helped fix - neither of us speaking the other's language & a backdrop of a ruin where Antony & Cleopatra trysted.

A country of very warm, friendly people.

There were a couple of Turkish boys in school with me back in the early 60īs. They were very friendly but there was a slight hint of 'empire' about them....their father being the Turkish Ambassador ?

Our history lessons in that part of the world - post-British Raj - made no mention of the enviable empire that that the Turks ran , from the frontiers of China in Central Asia, right up to the Magreb countries of N Africa, to include Saudi Arabia and the 'Balkans'.

I learnt from my father in later years that the financial turmoil that befell our family in the early 1920īs was a direct result of Turkish forces being routed in Basra (modern day Iraq)....... three years prior to the deadline that most businessman had envisaged.

As you probably know, the Greeks have a thriving tourist industry ..... and a Greek friend of old commented as we were sailing on a ferry to Crete in 1996......

" I visited Turkey and 'broke the ice' that most Greeks have in regard to Turks and the Ottoman Empire........they can teach us Greeks a lesson in what it means to be be hospitable to visitors".

Garret
06-29-2016, 09:12 PM
I loved Turkey, but it's been a hotbed of oddball political activity for some time now.

~35 years ago, I spent a couple of weeks poking around coastal Turkey and a couple of its islands, and had a wonderful time. Rowdy but friendly people, and fantastic food and drink.

Yes it has. However - with attacks happening in so many disparate places, maybe there could be a real coming together of people to fight Daesh. OK - I can dream all I want - but at some point the more civilized world has to band together against a common foe. I just hope it doesn't happen too late.

The Bigfella
06-29-2016, 09:49 PM
Yes it has. However - with attacks happening in so many disparate places, maybe there could be a real coming together of people to fight Daesh. OK - I can dream all I want - but at some point the more civilized world has to band together against a common foe. I just hope it doesn't happen too late.

You can take this lashing out as a sign that Daesh is in it's decline

Garret
06-30-2016, 06:30 AM
You can take this lashing out as a sign that Daesh is in it's decline

How so? I'm not disagreeing - just wondering why you think so.

Hwyl
06-30-2016, 06:42 AM
Airports have to be one of the easiest targets. In the US those TSA lines contain hundreds of people.

The Bigfella
06-30-2016, 06:44 AM
How so? I'm not disagreeing - just wondering why you think so.

They've suffered a major setback in Fallujah, Iraq and the next one on the board is Mosul. They needed to show some sort of "win" to buoy up external support. Pricks.