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>But actually, over 90 percent of the language
>did not change at all. I hope my examples explain what you call

>engineering" which was far lesser in its scope than you seem to

OK this is a direct quote from, " is a
non-profit organization, whose primary goals are, educate world about
Ataturk, Turkish culture and heritage"
"The transformation met with unparalleled success: In the 1920s, the
written language consisted of more than 80 percent Arabic, Persian, and
French words; by the early 1980s the ratio had declined to a mere 10

Oh, I think I understand it perfectly ;-)

As far as the yoghurt sauce goes, I don't doubt it could be Turk in
origins, but the version we both know today is probably a later
modification. At least I've not seen many other places where whey is
strained out of yoghurt..... maybe Bulgaria?

As for Dolmas: It's very possible the traditional version with meat and
cabbage wrapping came from Asia. Various types of dumplings are common
throughout Asia, and so is cabbage. The vegeterian version though
(Yalancee?) had to be developed in the Meditteranean. Grape leaves
simply don't exist in the steppes.

>I fully agree with you in this respect. But it might be interesting

for you
>to study old historic migrations for you will find that Greeks moved

>present day Greece in mass migrations from Central Asia --

Well, there are many versions of where the Greek tribes descented from
in to the Balkan Peninsula. Are you referring to the Caucasus mountains
BTW, The Chinese make a distinction beteween the Mongols in the north
and the muslim Chinese in the west which are believed to be Turkic,
closely related to Khazaks. In other words, Turks are a Mongolian type
of people, but not all Mongols are Turks. Hence claiming that both that
Moguls and the Yuan dynasty were Turkic, is an exaggeration at best!

>We are all humans and we are all brothers. If
>you ask me this is a strength rather than a weakness

I guess you can argue that we're all human beings etc, that is the
popular view promoted today, and that ethnic divisions and promotion of
nationalist theories can only lead to conflict and eventually
bloodshed. I would agree to an extend that diversity in rare cases
brings strength, but more often than not it can lead to conflict. It's
happening right now in Europe, and the admission of Turkey in the EU is
right in the middle of the debate....... but this is beyond the scope
of this food thread. ;-)