69 million page views

The many contradictions of Ianus or: Having one's Greek Pastry and eating it, too.

Reader comment on item: Turkey in Cyprus vs. Israel in Gaza
in response to reader comment: "The dirty Turk" is more than a metaphor .

Submitted by Caleb (United States), Sep 11, 2010 at 11:58

Turkey is an economic basket case, mired in debt and deficit, YET under the guise of a harmless trade association is a sinister manipulator of US foreign and domestic policy [see self-promoter Sibel Edmonds and the "Deep State" fantasy] in both Democratic and Republican administrations. The ethnic Turkish population on Cyprus before 1974 was a small fraction of the total: 18 percent... sixteen percent...fifteen percent (gets smaller each time Ianus brings it up) YET this miniscule minority was able to terrorize the majority Greek population in the capital, murdering at will, in 1958. In an attempt to strangle it economically, the (Greek) Cyprus Republic imposed a boycott on the Northern Cyprus enclave, which had been dependent on the southern part of the island for markets before 1974, YET dares to criticize Turkey for its subsidies to the North.

On an unrelated subject, a few corrections... against a background of a disintegrating Soviet Union, economically backward Armenia in 1988 launched an unprovoked attack on the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an integral part of the Azerbaijan Republic, which it continues to occupy in violation of international law. In buying arms of the latest sort, Armenia received aid from the huge Armenian diaspora--every Armenian shop and business having a collection box by the cash register--as well as recruiting ethnic Armenian fighters from around the world like an Orthodox Christian version of al Queda. All this was to oppose a "pan Turkism" which existed only in the propaganda of the new Armenian state. The generosity of the Armenian community was misspent on aggression. Having seen pictures and videos of independent Armenia, it appears the whole country could use some fresh paint.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)