Πέμπτη, 1 Αυγούστου 2019

Cut Turkish Airlines off from Europe rather than be complicit in theft

Αγαπητοί Συμπατριώτες.
Συνημμένα στέλνω ένα πολύ σημαντικό άρθρο του Rubin και ευχαριστώ τον κ.
Παπαμαρινόπουλο που μας ενημέρωσε αρχικά.
"Cut Turkish Airlines off from Europe rather than be complicit in theft"
"Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute,
where he researches Arab politics, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran,
Iraq, the Kurds, terrorism, and Turkey. He concurrently teaches classes on
terrorism for the FBI and on security, politics, religion, and history for
US and NATO military units."

Τα υπόλοιπα άρθρα του που είναι επίσης πολύ σημαντικά για την Ανατολική
Μεσόγειο και την Ελλάδα είναι στο σύνδεσμο:
https://www.aei.org/scholar/michael-rubin/

Ήδη έστειλα to παρακάτω ευχαριστήριο στον κ. Rubin
Congratulations & Thank you for speaking the truth.
Michael Rubin <mrubin@aei.org>

Προτείνω να τον συγχαρούμε μαζικά, τουλάχιστον όλοι όσοι συμφωνούν και
ιδιαίτερα τα μέλα της ομάδας για την Κύπρο.

Σας χαιρετώ,
Γιώργος Κυριακού.

Στις 7/31/2019 2:14 PM, ο Γεώργιος Κυριακού έγραψε:

Dear Dr. Rubin,
I read carefully your article:
"Cut Turkish Airlines off from Europe rather than be complicit in theft"
<https://www.aei.org/publication/cut-turkish-airlines-off-from-europe-rather-than-be-complicit-in-theft/>
and I was  hapily surprized. It is one of the very few articles speaking
the "truth".

As a Greek Cypriot, I would like to thank you for this position, but
mostly I would like to congratulate you for having the courage to stand up
and speak the truth.
I started reading all of your articles and I expect them to be equaly
important and courageous.

Thank you.

Best Regards,
George Kyriacou,
Professor at Democritus University of Thrace.


Cut Turkish Airlines off from Europe rather than be complicit in theft

by Michael Rubin <https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/author/michael-rubin>

| July 29, 2019 05:04 PM

Turkey invaded Cyprus on July 20, 1974, and has not looked back. While
Turks may say they did so to protect Cyprus’ Turkish minority, Greece’s
return to democracy made any Greek plans to unite with Cyprus moot.
Turkey’s subsequent second invasion in August 1974 was nothing less than a
land grab followed by methodical ethnic cleansing. Today, there are *as
many displaced Cypriots
<http://www.internal-displacement.org/countries/cyprus>* than there are *displaced
Palestinians <http://www.internal-displacement.org/countries/palestine>*.

Cyprus is, of course, not alone: Turkey has also grabbed territory and
conducted ethnic cleansing in both Syria
<https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/in-afrin-turkey-seeks-ethnic-cleansing-not-terror-eradication>
and Iraq
<http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-has-11-regional-bases-in-northern-iraq-pm-yildirim-132762>
.

The crisis in Cyprus has long been a forgotten and largely frozen
conflict. U.N. officials and other diplomats occasionally hosted talks, but
the reluctance of one side or another to change the status quo ultimately
doomed each round. In 1983, the Turkish-backed government in Northern
Cyprus declared its independence, a move no other country but Turkey
recognized.

In short, this means that not only the European Union and NATO, but also
Turkey’s closest allies such as Somalia, Azerbaijan, and Malaysia, as well
as every single other UN member rejects Turkey’s claims to territorial
waters around Cyprus and by extension recognizes that the entirety of
Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone belongs to the recognized Cypriot
government in Nicosia rather than the so-called Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus.

By sending ships into Cypriot waters
<https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyprus-turkey-ship/eu-cyprus-protest-as-second-turkish-ship-plans-to-drill-off-island-idUSKCN1U30T9> to
drill for oil and gas, Turkey is simply seeking to steal Cypriot resources
for its own use. For all of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's anti-colonial
rhetoric, he now presides over the most flagrant example of 21st century
imperial exploitation.

The question then becomes, what will Europe do about it?

No one wants war with Turkey, an attitude that Erdoğan counts upon as he
embraces ever more resources. But, with every day, week, and month that
pass once Turkey finds and begins exploiting Eastern Mediterranean energy,
ever greater amounts of Cypriot resources will be stolen.

Perhaps it’s time then that European countries and others seeking to
reinforce the rule of law target Turkey’s own bank balance.

Erdoğan has made the state-owned Turkish Air the flagship of his own
ambitions. State media brag about the airline’s ever-increasing reach, and
Erdoğan recently inaugurated a major new airport outside Istanbul to
accommodate greater Turkish air traffic. (The airline apparently also
supports *more covert operations
<http://www.aei.org/publication/did-turkey-arm-boko-haram/>* for Erdoğan,
such as illegally transporting Turkish weaponry). Of course, the airline
also supports Turkey’s economically important tourism industry.

Perhaps, then, the European Union and the United States could respond to
Turkish provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean by denying Turkish Air
landing rights. Let the airline fly to Somalia, Sudan, Azerbaijan, and
Pakistan, but there is no reason why European countries should support
Turkey’s economy at a time when Erdoğan seeks to supplement it with theft.

Diplomatic hand-wringing on Cyprus has not resolved the problem for 45
years, and there’s no reason to suspect finger-wagging will be enough to do
so now. It’s time the European Union and those committed to the post-World
War II liberal order do more to show Erdoğan that the world has had enough
of Turkey’s pillaging. If Turkey’s new airport loses traffic and if beach
resorts in Turkey and Turkish-occupied Cyprus go vacant, so be it. The
solution is simple: Withdraw Turkey’s ships and end Turkey’s illegal
occupation.

*Michael Rubin (@Mrubin1971 <https://twitter.com/mrubin1971>) is a
contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is a
resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon
official.*