Letter: Turkish fury

TIM HODLIN writes: "Kurdish teenagers as young as 15 will set themselves alight for the sake of a man who by any standards is as brutal and ruthless as his enemies" ("The e-mail revolution", 21 February).

Accusing Apo (Abdullah Ocalan) of being as brutal and ruthless as his enemies is unfair to Turkish people. After all, no Turk had the heart to kill 30,000 innocent people! It is natural that Western countries see things from a totally different angle for they have different values. Only I would expect a little bit more respect for a nation that has lost 30,000 lives to a terrorist group. As a Turk, I reproach Mr Hodlin for describing Turks as ruthless as terrorists.