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TMT? What about the (Greek) terrorist EOKA-B?

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Submitted by Caleb (United States), Sep 7, 2010 at 01:20

Two EOKA-B men were convicted in connection with the assassination of US Ambassador Rodger Davies but only after three years and not of murder or manslaughter but only of possessing and using an automatic weapon. Each ultimately served LESS THAN A YEAR in prison. Tell me more about these American citizens who were killed in the fighting on Cyprus. Did they actually reside in the USA? Attend school there? Or were they, like Fulkan Dogan on the Turkish vessel **Mavi Marmara**, "paper" citizens with all significant ties to the country of their ancestry? As I recall, Nasser tried to blame the US for the utter defeat and humiliation of his army and air force in 1967, dragging along a reluctant King Hussein of Jordan. [Hussein had the decency later to publicly retract the ludicrous accusation that American and British planes had carried out air strikes on Jordan and Egypt.] Yes, the Turkish armed forces were equipped with American weapons including some rather elderly M-47 Patton tanks. They arrived at Kyrenia only after several days, having first to be assembled at the port of Mersin then embarked on ship. Being short of helicopters--and trained pilots--Turkey carried out the first parachute landings by any army in thirty years--and the last ever. These lightly armed forces would have been highly vulnerable to a counterattack--even by the T-34 tanks of the Cypriot National Guard--had that force not been busy pursuing supporters of President Makarios.


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