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February 17, 2005

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tom

Not really grounded in reality, that bunch. I regret they have access to weapons and media at all.

Joe- in Indianapolis

An article that has a lot of elements of BAD JOURNALISM! Since when do "respected editorials" take gossips this much into account and since when do such columns show this much of sentiment and emotion and whining?? You may want to think that those people (i.e the Turkish) have some pride in them and in their history (Ottoman Turks), have their right to say NO to your requests as well as not approve of American agendas if they rightfully think so!

Quite a disappointment Pollock's this essay, indeed!! Misinforming, non-educating, poorly put together...

greg jones

Hi good folks. My name is Greg Jones. I've recorded what many have considered to be the new anthem for world peace Maxi-Single CD. I'm basically a one man company pushing my musical message of Peace. People around the world like the song but I need help getting the word out to fellow Peace proponents about this special anthem. If the blog world could help in any way, it would certainly be great. I'm 47 years old and have no desire to be 'discovered'. I'm basically on a mission to spread the musical message of World Peace and it is important to me to keep our talented young (students) from the potential draft.

Below is a bit more info:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Special! Anthem for Peace CD by Greg Jones to benefit spouses of lost troops through Red Cross as accolades mount worldwide!

Cleveland, OHIO (USA) March 7, 2005 "WOW'...'BEAUTIFUL'...' possibly the most important musical message of today'! These are a few of the responses regarding the hot new Maxi-Single CD recording entitled GOD BLESS THE WORLD-WHILE YOU BLESS AMERICA (aka... Not Just America) written, produced and performed by Cleveland, Ohio native GREG JONES.

With a We are the World 'feel', this special release is a unique blend of adult contemporary, easy listening, soul and inspiration combined with a powerful message of peace and harmony. In fact, the special CD was recorded on the same mixing board which was owned by Kenny Rogers and used by Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and others for the 'We are the World' project. A section of the song's lyrics reads 'God bless the world...not just America...God Bless the whole wide world...so our kids can live in harmony...God bless the world'!

The Maxi-Single, released by ORVILLE RECORDS is garnering exciting response through top digital music websites in the U.S, Britain, Finland, Germany and recently entered the Australian Easy Listening Top 100 Music Charts at #8 with a bullet! Also, the anthem entered the UK Soft Rock Top 100 Music Charts at #7 and then climbed to #2!! Orville Records also recently inked a deal with two of the world's largest web distributors, MusicNet and AMG for additional web distribution through top music sites such as AOL MusicNet, Yahoo Launch, Virgin Digital, FYE Download, MSN Music, ClearChannel, Amazon and others. In addition, GOD BLESS THE WORLD is currently being 'spotlighted' on Vitaminics International in Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden. Jones has also been 'Artist of the Week' on the ever-popular,world reknown SonicGarden Music site for the past number of weeks !

Internet radio giant, Live365, the world's largest network of online radio stations, has signed on and is 'special featuring' GOD BLESS THE WORLD through close to 2000 web radio stations worldwide. Commercial radio is fast catching wind of this special release and is next in line while experts are declaring GOD BLESS THE WORLD-While You Bless America a future classic!

With over 200 unreleased songs under his belt, songwriter Greg Jones explains his inspiration for this special recording. 'I would turn on the news each day and see how so many world leaders resort to war as a means of settling conflict, as if human life is expendable. It would make me sick. They always say that if you want to see a change you have to do something, whatever you can, even when you're just one person. I've always been inspired by the powerful messages of greats like John Lennon, Bono and Bob Dylan so I did what I could do. I wrote a song.

Jones selected one of the hottest new studios in Cleveland, Ohio, Ante Up Audio to record this special project. The anthem was co-produced and engineered by old friend Bruce Seifert, who has recorded with Jones in the past, and music tracks performed by Michael Seifert (his son) who further enhanced Jones' music. Both Bruce and Michael are highly acclaimed Award Winners in the music industry. 'We go back over 20 years. Michael used to run around Bruce's studio touching all the knobs on the board when he was like five years old. It was just great working with them again, states Jones.

Promoting a song of Peace isn't normally very easy. You have a few folks out here believe it or not who are actually anti-peace. That's why it is up to those of us who are pro-peace, to do everything we can to promote the musical message of Peace. Some people may feel that a song for peace is corny. But if this musical message can help in any way to bring our troops home...and to stop more troops from going to battle (by way of draft), then we would have accomplished a great mission. The only way this can be done is to have a world of Peace. I'm so very thankful for the response worldwide that the anthem is receiving. It's exciting how so many people have embraced the song and the message ... and the snowball effect has been incredible!'


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For Special CD Offer visit:www.godblesstheworldonline.com and please help spread the musical message of Peace!



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Umit Sen

Dear Robert,

First, my apologies for a somewhat late response to your piece of last week, “Islamism and leftism add up to anti-American madness in Turkey.” I was out of town last week, busy with a set of seminars in Trabzon, Ordu and Samsun that we are conducting as Turkey's national business newspaper. Back in Istanbul today, I had the chance to read not only your original piece but also the question-and-answer you conducted with our reporter, Mustafa Akyol. Thank you for setting aside time for Mustafa. I also read the lengthy series of reactions to your piece posted on The Wall Street Journal's Web site.

Your article was fiery enough, but the letters it generated to your Web site were also white hot. “The truth is that Turkey is about as important as Rwanda now,” wrote Robert Roughsedge of New Hampshire. “I am ashamed to admit I am Turkish,” wrote Aysun Scott of Kansas. Most chilling was the suggestion you prompted from Ed Chenal of California: “Send the Fox News Channel and a supply of Dish TV to the Turks.” My, oh, my. What a little tempest you have dusted up.

I really don't want to join in the continued chest-beating in the Turkish media. But I will throw in my two cents for the simple reason that I believe my perspective is arguably unique. For in addition to a senior role directing a Turkish-language business newspaper, I am also a very loyal, tax-paying and voting American citizen. And it is lost on no one here that I'm named after a well-known Jewish king. And you know what? In four days on the road last week along the Black Sea, I encountered not a single American flag burning. The week before I was in the central Anatolian city of Eskiþehir and met with not a single anti-American or anti-Semitic slur. Same in the southeastern cities of Gaziantep, Kahramanmaraþ and Adana the month before. And same in the northeastern cities of Erzincan and Erzurum. Well OK, they were a little taken aback in Erzurum, a well-known center of Turkish nationalism, by a Turkish-speaking American editor of an Istanbul daily. But they were certainly no more suspicious than the locals in Selma, Alabama, when I showed up there a few years ago as a correspondent for USA Today and Gannett Newspapers, where I worked for 20 years.

Which is really the point that I want to make. Is there intellectual shallowness in the gallery you visited in Istanbul with paintings of American capitalist fat cats and hungry children? Sure, just like you'll find in a few galleries in SoHo or in most of them if you cross the bridge from your office to Brooklyn's Willamsburg district.

Do Turkish leaders, including Prime Minister Erdoðan, exhibit foolishness and short-sightedness? Let me count the ways. As do the politicians -- elected members of the U.S. Congress -- I have heard argue that the Waco siege was an anti-religious conspiracy, that the errant American bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade was a secret CIA plot and that our rules on logging in U.S. national forests were dreamed up by the United Nations. Are there racism and anti-Semitism in Turkey? You bet. Have you ever been to a Ku Klux Klan rally in the United States? I have, and not in Sand Point, Idaho, but just outside of the liberal city of San Francisco. In your conversation with Mustafa you defend the French for criticism of America without conspiracy theories. Come on, Robert. Don't tell me you've forgotten about the book asserting that September 11 was dreamed up by the Pentagon? It sold 100,000 copies in Paris on its first day of sales. And the Germans followed it with an equally absurd documentary film.

No, we are all in this very complex world together. It is perhaps the greatest irony of this “information age” that ignorance abounds. But just as paranoia and ignorance know no national boundaries, neither are all the world's wise men resident inside the Washington beltway -- or in the watering holes near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. Next time you are in Turkey, go talk to trucking company owner Mehmet Aslan in Gaziantep about the impact of the war in Iraq on the thinking of young people on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border. His insights are chilling. If you get to Kahramanmaraþ, look up textile manufacturer Aliþan Arýkan. He'll give you an earful on how the implementation of U.S. agricultural credits is impoverishing local cotton producers. If you get to Trabzon, talk to the manager of the local hazelnut exchange, Þükrü Erus, about his professional efforts to open trade with Armenia and his private efforts to restore the abandoned Greek Orthodox churches along the coast. These are thoughtful people who think and feel deeply, without resorting to conspiracy theories, about the state of the world. Yes, they share deep reservations and fears about American militarism. This hardly adds up to madness.

I'll skip hectoring on who remembers what and who has fared the best in the 50-year-old Turkish-American alliance. I'm sure your mailbox is full. But I will share some advice I learned as a newspaperman in America: Ration your superlatives. Don't use up your 72-point type for headlines in the primary election, as I used to say. Disproportionate adjectives lead to disproportionate consequences.

Indeed, the once-great reserves of goodwill toward America have certainly been squandered in Turkey as elsewhere. But this hardly adds up to the calculation you assert. If “anti-American madness” breaks out in Turkey, don't worry. I'll be the first to let you and Doug Feith know.

With kind regards,

David D. Judson, Managing Editor, Referans

cc: Douglas Feith, Department of Defense

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