In a 49-Year First, Greek Leader Visits Turkey
. Of course Greece has been too busy to notice because everyone is engrossed by the sexual and financial adventures of corrupt politicians and journalists
The Greek Prime Minister visited Turkey in order to further improve relations, which, according to the above article and the Turkish media
, have greatly improved lately. Here are some of the great improvements that have happened in fairly recent times:
Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and still occupies Northern Cyprus. Thousands of Greek Cypriot refugees have lost their homes and property and 1,619 people are still missing. These people, including women and children, were arrested by the Turkish army and were transported to Turkey where they were imprisoned. Turkey will not give any information about them. Greece is not pressing the issue and I have not heard a Greek politician talk about the missing Cypriots since...never that I can remember.
The Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church still lives in a state of siege, receiving death threats from nationalistic groups, echoing the death of Bishop Chrysostomos
. Turkey still refuses to recognize the Patriarch as the religious leader of 200 million Christians.
Turkish planes regularly invade Greek air space and at least two Greek pilots have lost their lives in these military dogfights by the two NATO partners.
The Turkish government still demands that the Muslim minority in Northern Greece be considered Turkish Muslims and not Greek Muslims and does all it can to stir anti-Greek sentiment in the Muslim communities of Thrace. Undercover cameras have caught one of the representatives of the Muslim community calling for the murder of Greeks. He was afterwards invited to a talk show where the Greek journalists bent over backwards to show him there were no hard feelings and they were sure he didn't mean what he said.
Greek fishermen in the Eastern Aegean islands are regularly terrorized by Turkish patrol boats in Greek waters. The Turkish navy forces them to flee under threat of gunfire and destroys their nets. No word from the Greek government on these Turkish invasions that occur on a regular basis. When the Greek fishermen contacted the media about this, there were a couple of news reports about it and the journalists nodded sympathetically, "Ah, near Imia"
, as if that explained everything, and went back to discussing more important things like the government's conspiracy against journalists and how the government is forcing them to take millions in bribes.
What was the Greek Prime Minister thinking when he deposited a wreath at the statue of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey and murderer and persecutor of millions of Greeks? Did he think about the Pontic Greek genocide
and the millions of refugees from Asia Minor? Or was his mind on more important things like finding ways to avoid firing a corrupt MP
so that his party can keep a majority in Parliament?
A historic visit perhaps but useless, pointless, and at a most unfortunate time.