Turkey threatens to invade, run over Greece


In an incident that took place less than two weeks after the Greek Defense Ministry announced that Turkey had violated Greek airspace 138 times in a single day, a Turkish coast guard patrol boat on February 13 rammed a Greek coast guard vessel off the shore of Imia, one of many Greek islands over which Turkey claims sovereignty.

Most of the areas within modern Greece’s current borders were under the occupation of the Ottoman Empire from the mid-15th century until the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and the establishment of the modern Greek state in 1832. The islands, however, like the rest of Greece, are legally and historically Greek, as their names indicate.

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), however, and even much of the opposition seem intent on, if not obsessed with, invading and conquering these Greek islands, on the grounds that they are actually Turkish territory.

In December, for instance, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main Turkish opposition CHP party, stated that when he wins the election in 2019, he will “invade and take over 18 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, just as former Turkish PM Bulent Ecevit invaded Cyprus in 1974.” He said that there is “no document” proving that those islands belong to Greece.

Meral Akşener, the head of the newly established opposition “Good Party,” has also called for an invasion and conquest of the islands. “What is required must be done,” she tweeted on January 13.

The most garish muscle-flexing has come from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of course, who seems emboldened by his military invasion of the Afrin region in northern Syria having gone virtually unchallenged.

“We warn those who have crossed the line in the Aegean and Cyprus,” Erdoğan declared, continuing:

“Their courage persists only until they see our army, our ships and our planes… Whatever Afrin is to us, our rights in the Aegean and Cyprus are the same. Do not ever think that the natural gas exploration in the waters of Cyprus and the opportunistic attempts in the Aegean Sea drop off our radar.

“Just as we disrupt the plots [in the region] through Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch [on Syria], and soon in Manbij and other regions, we can and we will disrupt the plots of those who engage in miscalculations on our southern border…

Our warships and air forces are keeping an eye on the area closely to intervene in every way when required.”

Referring to the days of the Ottoman Empire, Erdoğan went on:

“Those who think that we have erased from our hearts the lands from which we withdrew in tears a hundred years ago are wrong.

“We say at every opportunity we have that Syria, Iraq and other places in the geography [map] in our hearts are no different from our own homeland. We are struggling so that a foreign flag will not be waved anywhere where adhan [Islamic call to prayer in mosques] is recited.

“The things we have done so far [pale in comparison to the] even greater attempts and attacks [we are planning for] the coming days, inshallah [Allah willing].”

  • Its Just Me

    Finally.. 🙂 can we also rename them, please Turkey 🙂

    • StavrosDS

      Dream on little Bulgarophone stooge of the Turks. Funny thing is Islamist Erdogan supports the Albanians who want to run you over, but probably that is what you deserve.

      • King

        I don’t know who deserves what but i know what goes around comes around, now you can dream wannabe Macedonian.

        • StavrosDS

          Hey you “original” Macedonian. Can you explain what do the names Alexandros, Philippos or Thessaloniki actually mean and in what language?

          • King

            I know what it means, but that’s not the point. The language that was spoken those days was like the english is spoken today it was “international” back then. Allmost whole south America is speaking spanish, are they spaniards? Allmost all people (origin) who lives in the macedonian region “your part” are from Turkey (Pontiacs) they have nothing to do with Macedonia but now they are claiming that they have the right to the macedonian legacy????

          • StavrosDS

            Aramaic was the widely spoken language of the time before Alexander for international purposes because it was used in the Persian Empire. It was Alexander’s conquests that established Greek. No other language inscription has been found in Macedonia. Also yours is a big lie. Sure there were refugees from Anatolia but never they were the majority. Also most settled in Athens. There were always Greeks in Macedonia. See for example Emmanuel Pappas from Serres and others who fought the Ottomans in Macedonia during the Greek War of Independence in 1821.

          • King

            But you romanticize now, all those stories are fake like the rest of your propaganda, expansion politics. You people won’t for a second reconsider mybe we wrong in things. Your fake as any one else then. Everything is pointless with you people. Your chauvinism is beyond all reason. My family have lived there in your region for millenia and i know what your democracy stand for.

          • StavrosDS

            So the person I am referring to, what, never existed? Ok you are willing to believe whatever Tito’s propaganda has fed you. When you hear the truth it hearts, I understand, but facts are fact.

          • King

            I’am from your region so how can Tito who was a young kid when my grandfather was an old man fed me with propaganda like you say and his grandfather before was eventuell older???? I think you are so afriad of the truth that maybe some day you end up with losing it all. Truth doesn’t scare it sets you free. Obviously i’m much older Than you. The name Macedonia or macedonian where not allowed to be mensioned until the so called conflict. I don’t know who is brainwashed…

  • V.M.

    We’re going to help…

    • Its Just Me

      haha yes!!!! 🙂

    • Steven Arviv

      Help? You think Turkey has any love or respect for Macedonia? If they steamroll over Greece (which they could… easily)… we would be next and they wouldn’t even have to fire a bullet. They would just light the fuse and we would be caught up in a civil war with the Albanians. No thank you… I’ll take the Kozi (Greeks) over the Turks… at least they show their contempt and hatred for us openly.

      • Its Just Me

        Probably/certainly partly they do out out of hate for Greece..
        Hmmm I would not pick Greek or Turk.. In Turkish times our ancestors could speak Macedonian. In Greece never ever speak Macedonian not even at home..

  • Its Just Me

    how about “Former Turkish Province”..
    no.. “Future Turkish Province” is much better :)))