What puzzles me more than anything about this thread, is why the Kazar Turks are spoken of in the context of largely negative, complaining posts??? I find the Khazars and their mercenary cavalry, which was reportedly Sarmatian, apparently, to be fascinating and a source of wonder and joy, not complaints. If the Ashkenazi Jews were mostly Kazars (which I would love, but which unfortunately I have not found a lot of evidence for--crap!
), it would be cause for celebration, IMHO, not for complaining. One thing that fascinates me about various Turkish peoples is how many similarities there are with their culture and the culture of my wonderful Irish ancestors and relatives. One of the major commonalities is that they are all horse cultures that spent at least some time on the steppes of Eurasia.
Troll says he is a Khazar, and he doesn't seem evil, so Khazars can apparently be good people, right everyone? When people go on and on about "self identified Jews" being Khazars, to me it is high praise of those Jews, which is a refreshing change for the Internet, and a cause for smiles, not frowns.
Surely people should have the right to call themselves whatever they wish and if someone is friendly and polite and wants to be called a Jew or a Khazar or an Israeli, Hebrew, Zionist, Christian, Muslim, Turk, American, and so on, I will try to politely accomodate the wish, if my memory cooperates.
Why not, after all?
We seem to have multiple experts on Khazars and Jews here, and I find the histories and cultures of both to be interesting, so I would appreciate it if those who have posted about them would kindly share the sources of their bountiful information, so I might learn more about these people. Some have expounded upon them at great length, so surely they must have many sources for me to peruse? Don't be selfish, please share. Thanks!