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Old 03-09-2011, 03:50 PM
Polerius is offline
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Originally Posted by Anisos View Post
The shame in the Cyprus question lies in how it was initially a Greek plan to get rid of Turks, while it is almost always presented as Turkish aggression by the Greek press.
While I agree that the real story of what happened in Cyprus is much more complicated than what the Greeks had been taught, I think it is also much more complicated than what you are presenting here ("a Greek plan to get rid of Turks")

Some events that happened in the beginning-to-middle of the 20th century, e.g. Britain/Turkey effort to emphasize that Greeks & Turks cannot possibly get along, staging some forced riots in Istanbul to prove that, calling for taksim (division) as the only solution for Cyprus, starting from around 1930 I believe , all laid the groundwork for the events that happened later in the 20th century, which had both sides doing horrible stuff.

Here is an example
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
The pogrom was triggered by Greece's appeal in 1954 to the United Nations to demand self-determination for Cyprus. Britain had the ruling mandate over the mostly ethnic Greek island, and wanted the Cyprus dispute to be resolved without being taken to the United Nations Security Council, where it could be problematically framed as an anti-colonialist struggle.[8][10] To this end, Britain diplomatically encouraged Turkey to agitate Greece.

The Istanbul Pogrom (also known as the Istanbul Riots or Constantinople Pogrom; Greek: Σεπτεμβριανά (Events of September); Turkish: 6–7 Eylül Olayları (Events of September 6–7)), was a pogrom directed primarily at Istanbul's Greek minority on 6–7 September 1955. The riots were orchestrated by the Turkish military's Tactical Mobilization Group, the seat of Operation Gladio's Turkish branch; the Counter-Guerrilla. The events were triggered by the news that the Turkish consulate in Thessaloniki, north Greece—the house where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was born in 1881—had been bombed the day before.[3] A bomb planted by a Turkish usher of the consulate, who was later arrested and confessed, incited the events.
What's interesting about the self-planted bomb by the Turks, is that they used this exact same tactic in Cyprus, where a Turk bombed some Turkish office and that started a set of bloody riots by Turks blaming Greeks for the bomb. Rauf Denktash (the Turkish-Cypriot leader) admitted a few years ago that a Turk had set off the bomb, and that it was a strategic move.

Anyway, the situation is hardly "the Turks were the sole aggressors" or "the Greeks were the sole aggressors". It's quite complicated, as you are undoubtedly aware.