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Erdogan unhinged: "Turkey needs to be strong militarily because it has bad neighbors"

As Turkish aggression towards Syria, Cyprus and Greece continues, Erdogan points at Turkey’s “bad” neighbors to justify military the beefing up of Turkey’s military.

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“Turkey needs to be strong militarily, because it has bad neighbours.” – Tayip Erdogan
Let’s take a look at Turkey’s “bad” neighbours:

  • To the north of Turkey and across the Black Sea is Russia, that for the present at least, has a very good relationship with Turkey, despite having one of its planes unjustifiably shot down by the treacherous Turks. Russia supplies Turkey with most of the natural gas it uses in its industry and homes. Cooperation between the two countries includes contracts for Russians to build nuclear power stations in Turkey, build a gas pipeline going through Turkey and supply Turkey with advanced anti-aircraft missiles. Russian visitors to Turkey make up a very large proportion of that country’s income from tourism. Threats from Russia against Turkey: zero.
  • To the east, Turkey has Georgia and Armenia. Zero problems with Georgia. In fact, Turkey had supported that country when, egged on by the west, it tried to challenge its Russian neighbor. Armenia is another story. The Armenians suffered in the hands of the Turks/Ottomans in the form of a genocide that led to the slaughter of over a million and half Armenians. Armenia commemorates that tragedy, but it is in no way strong enough to threaten her powerful neighbor and NATO member and to “exact revenge” for that crime against humanity, more than a century later.
  • To the southeast is Iraq, a country destroyed by the U.S.-led coalition that included Turkey, on a false pretext. A country still struggling to clear its territory from the terrorists that arrived there through Turkey, which not only offered these terrorists safe passage, but also training facilities, hospitalization and even R&R facilities to rest their weary bones.
  • Next to Iraq on Turkey’s border is Syria. A country currently being invaded by Turkey, which is bombing and killing Syrian citizens as part of the U.S. coalition operating illegally in that country.
  • Further to the south, across barely 40 miles of water, is Cyprus. An island of less than a million people that in recent history had been bombed with napalm by Turkey when that tiny democracy did not even have a military to defend itself. Ten years later, Turkey, with a green light from the U.S., invaded the island, killed thousands of its citizens and currently occupies about 40 percent of its territory. The current Turkish occupying force on the island numbers 43,000 troops, which outnumbers the Cypriot National Guard of 18 year-old conscripts by more than 4 to 1. Cyprus has neither a navy nor an air force to constitute a threat to Turkey and its population of 80 million.
  • To the west is where Turkey’s concern lies. That’s where Greece is to be found; a country and a people the Turks fear irrationally. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks have been slaughtered by the Turks throughout the 20th century, including Greeks that lived for centuries in Constantinople and Smyrna (Istanbul and Izmir), with millions more turned into refugees. Moreover, Greece has been brought to its knees economically by its own western “friends, partners and allies” and it’s struggling to get back on its feet after years of inhuman austerity measures imposed on her. The same Greece that faces military threats from Turkey, including daily violations of both Greek airspace and territorial waters.

These are Turkey’s “bad neighbors” that Erdogan is so fearful of and for whom he’s building the strongest military in the region to defend himself against.
On the main gate of the military academy in Ankara stands the inscription: “For the Turk, the number one enemy is the Russian and then the Greek.” These are the two peoples the Turks fear the most.
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Archons of Greek Orthodox Church issue toothless letter about abortion law

The good news is the Archons did say some good things in reaction to the New York abortion law. But there was no consequence.

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In relation to our previously published piece about Governor Andrew Cuomo signing abortion into the New York State Constitution, we noted that at the time of the article’s writing, no entities within the Orthodox Church in any jurisdiction issued any kind of statement condemning this law. Of all fourteen universally acknowledged Local Churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church was particularly of note, since their Archons awarded a humanitarian award known as the Athenogoras Award to extremely liberal, pro-abortion politicians, Andrew Cuomo being one of these.

Well, the Archons did issue a statement yesterday:

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Condemns New York’s New Abortion Law

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, strongly condemns the State of New York’s new Reproductive Health Act that was passed on January 22, 2019. This new law allows abortions up to the moment of birth and gives people who are not doctors the right to perform abortions.

The Order also deplores the celebratory atmosphere surrounding the new law, as One World Trade Center was lit pink to commemorate the passage of the law, as if it represented a great advance for the rights of women. The rights of no human being are ever advanced at the expense of another. The State of New York will not truly have respect for the rights of women until it once again restores legal protections for every human being, from his or her first moment of existence until natural death.

Hailed as progress, New York’s Reproductive Health Act is not actually an advance, but a regression, a return to a time of barbarism when the weak were at the mercy of the strong and had no protection from legal structures or governing authorities.

The Order implores New York’s legislators to reconsider this dangerous new law and reinstitute protections for all human life, no matter how weak and vulnerable. Only when such protections exist can any society truly prosper.

Rev. Alexander Karloutsos
Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Spiritual Advisor of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle

Is this enough?

It does not seem to be so. Governor Cuomo and his award, along with pro-abortion Roman Catholic Vice President Joe Biden, also received this award at the same time Governor Cuomo did.

What did not happen in this letter was that neither politician was named, nor were the four (out of five) Greek Orthodox politicians in the New York State Assembly that voted FOR this law.

Neither did the Archons move to rescind the Athenagoras Awards they gave to Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Biden. This move appears to be still far too politically calculated, and keeping with the tragic, curious and distressing behavior of the leadership within the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Monomachos.com is a popular blog site whose editor, George Michalopulos, is undoubtedly one of the giants among those Greek Orthodox who seriously uphold at the notion that the Church ought never compromise herself. Yet, he was very happy with the letter that is shown above because for him it represented a “180-degree turnabout” in terms of the history of the Archons’ behavior, which he noted elsewhere as smacking of “the feeling that their primary job is to raise money for Istanbul.”

He neglected to mention the lack of mention of the Awards, but perhaps understandably, his surprise at any sort of traditional statement by this group was leading to exuberance where perhaps it is not deserved.

The Greek Orthodox Church seems to have an overall alignment with very liberal figures, and it is unclear as to why. But this tendency of people that are considered good and faithful Greek Orthodox churchgoers to align with liberal politics in the United States is very different than the sharply conservative tendencies of Russian Orthodox churchgoers, or Greeks or Romanians in the US.

The other rather liberal church is the US is the Orthodox Church in America, but this group does tend to involve itself in social causes in the US – especially abortion – in a very conservative, if rather feeble, manner. They do make their presence known at the annual March for Life and this is of great value.

We wish to name all the Greek Orthodox elected New York assembly members here, with their votes regarding the state abortion measure:

Michael Gianaris             (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Andrew Gounardes         (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Nicole Malliotakis           (R)                            – No. (and she is a woman!!)
Aravella Simotas             (D)                            – Yes.
James Skoufis                  (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.

This measure enshrined abortion at any point in a woman’s pregnancy as a constitutional right. The law stipulates several following procedures are now “rights:”

  • The law allows non-physicians to perform abortions.
  • The law allows abortion through the third trimester.
  • and the law repeals protections for babies that survive abortions (this means that if the baby gets delivered alive, it will still be killed.)

This is a barbaric law, and a resounding victory for people aligned with some very dark ideas about life and death. It is a tragedy, and while the Archons’ letter condemning it is at least a token statement, it really wants a full-throated response from the Christian world.

In fact, even Muslims and religious Jewish people ought to be outraged as well. All the Abrahamic religions understand that only God is the author of life. In this viewpoint, people do not themselves create life. We only cooperate with God to bring it into existence, by his blessing.

But we can cause death, and this power is influenced by forces that are not interested in God, traditional values, family, children or anything of the sort.

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Greek MPs pass Prespes deal with 153 votes in 300-seat House

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year.

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Greece’s parliament on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who hammered out the deal with his FYROM counterpart last year, secured the parliamentary majority needed to get the accord approved with support from independent and opposition lawmakers.

“Today we are writing a new page for the Balkans. The hatred of nationalism and conflict is giving way to friendship, peace, and cooperation,” Tsipras wrote on his social media account.

FYROM has already ratified the deal, brokered last year, and its prime minister promptly sent a tweet hailing the Greek parliament’s vote.

The settlement seeks to end a 28-year old row between Athens and Skopje over the use of the term “Macedonia” by renaming the tiny Balkan state “Republic of North Macedonia” to differentiate it from Greece’s northern province of Macedonia.

Greece’s European Union allies welcomed the ratification.

“They had imagination, they took the risk, they were ready to sacrifice their own interests for the greater good,” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. “Mission impossible accomplished.”

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year. A general election is due by October, and his party is trailing the opposition New Democracy by up to 12 points.

The debate in the Greek parliament was heated, with voting almost interrupted on Friday when an MP for the right-wing Golden Dawn Party, asked to cast his vote, responded: “No to treason!”

Several MPs in favour of of the accord reported attempts to intimidate them.

Many Greeks fear the agreement could lead to territorial claims against Greece and say it constitutes an appropriation of their country’s ancient cultural heritage. Macedonia was the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Protests against the deal have at times turned violent this week, and on Thursday evening police fired teargas to disperse crowds outside parliament. Smaller groups of people braved heavy rain on Friday to demonstrate outside the parliament.

New Democracy slammed the agreement.

“This deal should never have been signed or brought to parliament for ratification,” party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told parliament. “It is a national defeat … a national blunder that is an affont to the truth and history of our country.”

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