- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 18, 2001

Despite rhetoric, Greek Cyprus yet to recognize Turkish Cypriots

In her July 20 Commentary column "Cyprus looking beyond division," Ambassador Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis clearly demonstrates why there has not been a solution of the Cyprus issue. As long as the Greek Cypriots continue to arrogate themselves "the right" to represent the entire island, to speak for the Turkish Cypriots and to even deny the existence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in which the Turkish Cypriots live, it is difficult to see how the U.N. secretary-general's efforts, which envisage negotiations between the two parties on the basis of political equality, can lead to a just and durable solution.

To set the record straight, Turkey did not occupy Cyprus, as Ms. Marcoullis claims, but intervened in 1974 in accordance with its treaty obligations and rights following a bloody coup by Greek/Greek Cypriot forces aiming at the annexation of Cyprus by Greece. The allegations relating to the number of Turkish peacekeeping troops stationed in Northern Cyprus are, needless to say, equally off the mark.

Unconstitutional and unilateral Greek Cypriot application for European membership can only serve to further complicate the long-standing Cyprus issue and frustrate the negotiating process. The Greek Cypriot side never concealed that it was only trying to enter the EU for political reasons in order to renegade the Turkish Cypriot people into a subservient minority status and render Turkey's guarantee ineffective.

Ms. Marcoullis cannot conceal the fact that the Greek Cypriot administration with its attempts to cause the total economic and political ruin of the Turkish Cypriot people through inhuman embargoes and a unilateral drive for EU membership has clearly demonstrated that it is not interested in a just settlement, only in outmaneuvering and ultimately dominating the Turkish Cypriots.

Ms. Marcoullis' assertion that "90 percent of Turkish Cypriots support EU membership" is correct, except for the fact that on overwhelming majority of that "90 percent" support EU membership of Cyprus only after a solution is found and in tandem with Turkey's membership. Ms. Marcoullis tends to forget that the statistics and survey she refers to has been published and is available to researchers.

For a long time, the Greek Cypriots have been saying different things to different people. However, as we all know, it is impossible to fool all of the people all of the time.


EGEMEN BAGIS

President

Federation of Turkish American Associations Inc.

New York

'F-Troop' silly, p.c. police even sillier

Your editorial on the Commission on Indian Affairs' persecution of the Germantown Athletic Club of Maryland drove home how thoroughly political correctness has suffused the minds of boobus Americanus ("Parris Glendening's PC police," Aug. 16). Your editorial writer was sufficiently clearheaded to dismiss Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening's gang of nine as the clique of silly people that they are, yet he is still woozy-minded enough to sniff at the "unflattering stereotypes of TV's 'F-Troop'."

This short-lived comedy (1965 to 1967) parodied the motion-picture view of the American West. The jokes were old, the shtick plentiful and the groaners abounded. The cowardly, money-hungry Indians made souvenirs for a scheming sergeant and a dim corporal, the military lookout was so nearsighted as to be blind, the bugler couldn't sound a single identifiable note, the commander was honest, innocent and incompetent, and the cannoneers could only hit the watchtower. It is against this that we are to work up our righteous indignation?

Such politically correct carping at obviously broad parody buys into the mind-set of those who attain self-importance by pushing around little leaguers. "Please, Jane, not in front of the men."


OLEG PANCZENKO

Baltimore

Aunt Minnie and those 'newfangled' red-light cameras

The reported backlash to the District's red-light cameras has brought back memories of the reaction of an elderly relative when the first traffic signals were installed in the small town in which she lived ("Backlash stopping red-light cameras," Aug. 2). Great Aunt Minnie indignantly announced that she always stopped if a police officer said she should but that she would not pay any attention whatsoever to those newfangled gadgets with red and green lights. She thought that they took her attention away from her driving and should be taken down right away.

Fortunately, Great Aunt Minnie was driving the last Model A Ford (with rumble seat) in town, so everyone knew when she was coming through an intersection. We were a more considerate society then, and she continued to majestically drive at 20 mph through red lights until she died from natural causes.

I like to think she is looking down and can see herself in the people today who feel entitled to drive as they choose, think tickets should only be issued by "officers of the law" and believe that someone should take down those newfangled red-light cameras right away.

If only they also were driving 20 mph in the considerate society of years gone by.


NANCY STONE

Washington

Old Israeli myths hold sway over American minds

In his Aug. 15 Op-ed column "War on the horizon," Tony Blankley writes: "In 1967 after the Yom Kippur War started by the Arabs Israel took East Jerusalem." Perhaps Mr. Blankley can show us how he can reconcile his assertion that the Arabs started the war with the following quotes from two former Israeli prime ministers who were at the heart of the war.

In 1982, the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin said: "The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that [then-Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel] Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him" (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 20, 1982). Before him, and only a few months after the war, the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said: "I do not think Nasser wanted war. The two divisions he sent to the Sinai on 14 May would not have been sufficient to launch an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it" (Le Monde, Feb. 29, 1968).

The usual old myths about the wars whether in 1948, 1967, 1973 or 1982 have long ago been dismissed by most knowledgeable people in Israel as crass fabrications not worthy of maintaining anymore.

A new generation of Israeli scholars, such as Benny Morris, Tom Segev, Meron Benvenisti, Israel Shahak, among others, has shattered these myths beyond resurrection. They survive, however, and thrive, only among Israel's ardent supporters here in the United States.

Such myths feed their uninformed imaginations, making it impossible for them to rationally examine Israeli actions in a context where fact, not fiction, holds sway. Mr. Blankley should perhaps take a bold step toward facing the truth and real history rather than insisting on clinging to cherished, poisonous myths.


AHMED BOUZID

President

Palestine Media Watch

www.pmwatch.org

Philadelphia


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