By Steven Plaut
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
...The occupied territories in which ethnic cleansing was perpetrated by the Turkish occupying power refer to northern Cyprus. Turkey illegally invaded Cyprus, an independent state (now part of NATO and the EU), in 1974, and militarily seized about a third of the island. It then expelled the entire Greek population from those occupied territories. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Greek Cypriots were made homeless refugees due to the military aggression of Turkey. Not a single country on earth recognizes the puppet "republic" Turkey still operates there. To maintain its hold on northern Cyprus, Turkey transferred many thousands of its own citizens to northern Cyprus as illegal settlers...
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The recent outburst of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan at the Davos forum has done something I never thought I'd witness, it has opened a can of worms in paradise between the two Middle Eastern allies, Turkey and Israel. The recently written article above by Steven Plaut, a professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Haifa, says it all. What kind of a hypocrite like Turkish PM Erdogan believes they have the moral high ground to make such claims against Israel in Gaza? Yes, I myself am Pro-Palestinian, and in someways I am happy to see the Turkish PM stand up against the oppressive regime inside occupied Palestine, but when you are right, you are right, and Professor Plaut has hit the nail on the head. How can Turkey get upset about the deaths of thousands of innocent women and children, when such genocidal policies are common place by the current Turkish government and past ones? A nation, like Turkey, that is guilty of mass murder and genocide against so many people, has no room to speak on such matters as Gaza. It is about time that these people started speaking out against Turkey and all its crimes against Hellenes, Armenians, Assyrians, and other indigenous people of the former Ottoman Empire.
"Then there is the little matter of Constantinople. The Greek claims to Istanbul are at least a hundred times more legitimate than are any Arab claims to Jerusalem. Constantinople was always a Greek city, conquered by the Turks only in 1453. Its Greek churches were turned into mosques, and some today are Turkish museums. Turkey has never offered to internationalize the city nor turn half of it over to the disenfranchised Greeks." - Professor Plaut