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The Other Side of the Falsified Genocide


  Commentary by Professor Mahmut Esat Ozan  
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Professor Mahmut Esat Ozan has been the rare, tireless voice in the United States, putting up his dukes in the sea of Turcophobes for many years. Here is a commentary that appeared in The Turkish Forum. (July 19, 2002)


On July 20, 1974, 38 years ago today with the intervention of their brothers from the north Turkish Cypriots were saved from total annihilation at the hands of the perpetrators of the infamous 'AKRITAS PLAN.**' Listen to what Kufi Seydali, M Sc., DIC and member of the Turkish Forum Advisory Board has to say on the subject. A Turkish-American with Cypriot roots himself , Kufi Seydali has been writing numerous articles on the subject. Most of his clear and concise arguments appeared online in the Turkish Forum . The latest one is no exception. Here is a short but meaningful passage of what Kufi has been saying all along. The following are his words"

"In view of the Greek Cypriot Administration's participation in international organizations as the "Republic of Cyprus" and its accession to certain international platforms, the World is asked to be fully aware of what kind of establishment the Greek Cypriot administration truly is: This is an administration which has practiced
ethnic cleansing and all forms of violence, oppression and discrimination against the Turkish Cypriots between 1963 - 1974. In July 1974, Turkey was the only Guarantor prepared to put an end to the above mentioned injustice and today she is blamed for doing so and also punished for her continual support of the Turkish Cypriots. God bless Turkey and her courageous armed forces for enduring so much hardship and for so long - all in the name of humanity and justice."

Although I've been writing for years on the variations of the theme at hand, the 'Cyprus Problem,' I could never consider any amount of words written to be adequate on this subject. No expanse of articulation is consummate enough for the defense of the rights and prerogatives of the descendants of the brave Turks who shed their precious blood for the acquisition of the island from the Venetians. Nowadays, some people, who have no access to these historical facts, are given the opportunity to talk over and over again, until they are blue in the face, with a bunch of prevarications. But still that doesn't make them right. To be exposed to the truth may perhaps stop them from using their Machiavellian tactics and methods of deliberately clouding the issues and continuing to act like the spin doctors that they are.

The Byzantine intrigues of the past centuries ingrained into the propaganda machines of Greece and of Greek Cyprus are well documented. They operate live, 24 hours a day, week in, week out, holidays included. Their operation is not limited to Greece, to Greek Cyprus or even to Europe itself. They are backed by a powerful Greek lobby entrenched in the bowels of the U.S. Congress, fortified by the follow-the-leader actions of a slue of jelly-fish-like U.S. legislators, who attach themselves to these lobbyists in the same manner as the lamprey fish, who live off the sharks of the deep blue sea.


I always felt this subject worthy of reiteration. It is a fact that if we do not work hard enough, or if we slow down on our job of educating the uninformed, or if we falter in our determination in no matter how short a duration it may be, our traditional enemies will take advantage of the lull, and inflict upon us great injury.

As in the past, they are once more bringing their 'big guns' to Greek Cyprus, to indoctrinate the local Cypriots, and to intimidate the 'free thinkers of the world.' This is how they've been able to alter the American and international public opinion, and obtain and secure the support of people who do not know the whole

One of the big guns alluded to above, is His Excellency, the President of Greece, Kostis Stephanopoulos. He showed
up unannounced, in the Greek Cypriot section, one day, several months ago, in order, perhaps, to direct the world's attention away from the internal Greek governmental problems, mostly with the deadly terrorist group known as the 'November 17 Brigade', and the dangers it represents for the upcoming 2004 Summer Olympics. That's where the real danger is lurking and it is worrying the mainland Greek government. Mr. Stephanopoulos, in his official Press conference in Nicosia, had said the following, "CYPRUS IS GREEK.' He then implied that it was also an integral
part of Greece of today.

As the first Greek President to visit, officially, the southern part of the island, he received an enthusiastic welcome from the local Greek Cypriots. They took him along to pay a visit to the tomb of the late Greek Cypriot President Makarios. As if he were oblivious of the fact that it was the Turks who had saved Makarios and his wretched government from annihilation in l974, President Stephanapolous remained vociferous against the Turks. He had conveniently forgotten that the Turkish intervention that year had thwarted the planned coup by the Greek Junta in Athens, and foiled the annexation plans of the proponents of ENOSIS, temporarily at least. At any rate, Greeks should have shown some
small inkling of gratitude towards the Ecevit government which saved Makarios from death, and brought down the repressive rightist Greek Generals in Athens, and thus allowed Greece to return to democracy.

(I have always been of the opinion that the then Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, should have ordered the Turkish liberation forces to advance 10% more inland so that in the future he could have had in Rauf Denktas' hand a bargaining chip in dealing with the intransigent Glafcos Clerides.)

Stephanopoulos, after having received the Makarios medal of honor, continued to distort history by declaring, "CYPRUS
IS GREEK. It is so," he said, "because Greece is supporting and helping Cyprus." He added "CYPRUS IS GREEK, and we are not alone in saying that. It is history which declares it so."

The arrogance and the impertinence of those pronouncements have to be fought word for word. This conceit and usurpation of the truth by Greek officials, may they operate in the arena of politics, diplomacy, or within the confines of the military, they have to be kept in check. A few times in the past, I tried to expose the anti-Turkish attitudes and the virulent animosity towards Turks of some of these prominent Greeks and Greek Cypriot leaders, such as Papandreou, (the father of the present FM), Karamanlis, Kaklamanis, Simitis, Kranidiotis, Vassiliu, Clerides, and especially the owner of one of the foulest mouths the international
diplomatic corps has ever known, the profane former Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Theodoros Pangalos, to whom the Turkish Media had , at one time, deservedly affixed the nickname of 'Dangalos,' and the Germans enjoyed labeling him as 'mentally unstable.'


With all due respect to the Greek President Stephanopoulos, and to Glafcos Clerides, I must say that they may be living in an illusion. It is the same 'fuzzy logic' which allows all Greeks to rationalize that Cyprus is a Greek island. No history book shows that it ever was, not even for one single solitary day. It belonged to the Ottoman Turks, 'lock, stock, and barrel,' for a period of 345 long years until the end of the First World War.

In fact, prior to the Turks' acquisition of it, following lengthy bloody naval battles with Venetians, just 40 miles off the Turkish coast, in l570 AD, the same island of Cyprus belonged invariably to several nations. Oddly, the name of Greece does not show up among them. Those who owned Cyprus chronologically were the following:

The Assyrians, the Sumerians, the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Persians, the Romans, the Arabs, the Venetians, and the Ottoman Turks. But, as mentioned earlier in this essay, it has never been the possession of the government of Greece. Furthermore, Cyprus is located hundreds of miles from the Greek mainland, whereas the
close proximity of it makes it almost an extension of the Anatolian coastline, and it will always remain also an extension of the Turkish heartland despite the machinations of a few misguided people who don't know what they're talking about.



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