America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

25 October 2007

We want YOU! .. to draft us into the Turkish Army

Symbolic gestures born of grief, anger and frustration? Do they know they won't be enlisted and so make a show of wanting to join the fight? I guess it's the thought that counts.. Does it? From the looks of these courageous Turks, they've already completed their compulsory service, and want back in. The army is flush with soldiers as it is.. and supporting them with money, equipment, weapons, room and board is a major part of Turkey's budget already. I'll bet they can barely afford to cover the cost of draftees who turn 18.. so accepting an influx of 30 and 40-somethings who have an axe to grind would be poor judgment indeed.. Still, my heart grows at the show of support for Turkey's military.
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Protesters demand to be drafted by the army in front of a military recruitment office in Istanbul, October 24, 2007, to protest against the killing of Turkish soldiers by Kurdish rebels. Turkish warplanes and troops have attacked Kurdish rebels inside Iraq and forces were being built up on the border, but Ankara was holding back from any major strike for now, military sources said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas

7 comments:

Finduk O. said...

i like your post title.
it made me grin.
which is saying a lot because there really isn't anything to grin about when it comes to this topic.

Hans said...

murat, I want you for the Tour de France? D'accord?.))

Finduk O. said...
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Murat Altinbasak said...

Hans, that dreamed died when I was 19 or 20, when I had to hang up the bike and join the real world, taking a position in the family business. Painful. Now I just compete with elite guys who are around my age, and the occasional pro-am event where I'm pretty much "pack fodder"..
finduk, why not bring a bike from the US? I do it all the time, using a bike case. You can simply buy a bike and pay $40 for THY to check it as baggage. Probably safer to do this with a slightly used bike, to avoid any potential customs costs.
If you want a hybrid, may I suggest a good cyclocross bike? They're good on paved roads as well as off-road. they're lighter and more responsive than mountain bikes, and more comfortable than road bikes.. He can go off road all he wants with it. Here's a picture of my Fuji Cross Pro:
http://unionvelo.blogspot.com/2007/03/murats-fleet-of-bikes-look-epx-and-fuji.html
If you buy a quality bike in Turkey, you will get ripped off. I can get you a discount on a bike through my sponsor, have it shipped right to his house if you want.

Finduk O. said...
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Hans said...

finduk, no Dutch bikes in tr..((
gazelle and union are good.
Murat, get rid of these 'elite' guys, let them smoke hash...then they will be not elite anymore..))

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