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1955 pogroms in Constantinople - a rehearsal for the Turkish crimes against humanity in 1974 !

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Sep 1, 2010 at 12:55

Caleb wrote :

> Ha, Ha, "Constantinople"! What century are you living in, Ianus <

Just for your information, "Istanbul" is definitely the only city I have heard of as created by a Postal Service Law. On 28 March 1930 Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha had the notorious Turkish Postal Service Law issued which is the birthday of "Istanbul". Turks may love it but I find cities created by postmen for postmen of no use for whoever isn't a postman and rather thinks in terms of 1700 years where the city founded by Constantine the Great was nothing but Constantinople.

> As your comments illustrate, the Greeks are a nation of perennial adolescents refusing to face reality <

Speaking of "facing reality" and illustrative comments, I asked you about your "80 000" Greek refugees in Cyprus. Will you kindly face your own lie you tried to sell here as "reality" ?

> and accept responsibility for their own actions. Athens 2010 or Cyprus 1974, it's always foreigners who are to blame for Greece's difficulties, never the Greek people themselves.<

I think a good answer to this lie of yours is in my comment "Turkish profiteers of the 1974 war". In 99% of cases those who profit from others' tragedies are to blame for them.

> Yes, the **Istanbul** Pogrom of 1955 was a shameful act against an innocent population.<

Why "shameful" ? It was Islamo-Kemalist Turkey at its best - a classical jihadist genocide in miniature - beatings , torturing , murders, rapes both of men and women, forced circumcisions , 4 348 Greek-owned businesses, 110 hotels, 27 pharmacies, 23 schools, 21 factories, 73 Greek churches , cemeteries , a synagogue and over 1000 Greek-owned homes destroyed or devastated ... If it differed from the greater Kemalist genocides of 1919-1922 , then only in smaller numbers of victims and a lesser scale because there were simply fewer kafirs to expel and exterminate in 1955 than in 1915 or 1922.

> It was one reason Prime Minister Adnan Menderes was deposed and ultimately hanged.<

If it was one of the "reason", then on par with the baby he made to an opera singer or the shaggy Afghan dog worth $100 his pal president Bayar sold to the Turkish state for $ 2200 .

> It was, however a direct response to events on Cyprus where the Turkish minority--similarly innocent--was undergoing violent persecution by the majority Greeks who wanted the British out so they could bring about **enosis** with Greece.<

If it was a direct and right response, then how could they hang the man who organized this response from the beginning to the end ? The pogroms in Constantinople were staged after the hysterical news spread that Kemal's house in Thessaloniki had been blown up by "Greek extermists". It was a farcical charge as it turned out during Menderes' trial. The man who had placed the bomb was not a Greek but a Turkish student , Oktay Engin , who worked in the consulate. Engin admitted the fact later on and of course he acted on Menderes' behalf. And if this crime and Turkish animal barbarity was any message to Cyprus , the Greeks understood it perfectly well. It was a foreboding of pogroms and extermination that were to take place in 1974.

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