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Κυριακή, 20 Ιουλίου 2008

CYPRUS 34 YEARS AFTER THE TURKISH INVASION

We are all familiar with the motto "we don't forget" its been around since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Thirty four years have passed since then and this motto today seems very picturesque, something outdated, something that belongs to a museum. The grim fact is that Greek Cypriots as a whole have forgotten, and this motto has no relevance anymore. Thirty-four years have passed since the Turkish army overrun the north part of the island with the consequence of ethnically cleansing the occupied area from its Greek population and with the result of creating 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees who fled in the south in order to save their lives from the invading Turkish army. Since that time much has changed on the island. The free part of Cyprus has become a prosperous country with a thriving economy and part of the European Union. The Greek Cypriots themselves have changed as a people enormously as well. It seems that the Greek Cypriot alter ego which is very big, could not accept the national defeat caused by Turkey, and in order to safeguard it, the Greek Cypriots have turned over night into megalomaniacs. The traditional values of honor, dignity, and honesty, have been replaced with a never ending greed for wealth at all costs, for acquiring big villas with servants, and big luxury cars in order to show off and thus satisfy their big alter egos. The love of possessing material goods is closely associated with the overly puffed alter ego of the Greek Cypriots and therefore in their mind, the more material goods a person has, the better person he/she is irrespectively of a person's character. In this quest for social elevation through materialistic acquisitions, everything can be sacrificed, including the occupied lands which were lost to the Turks. It is therefore no surprise that millions of Euros are being spend by Greek Cypriots in the casinos of the occupied north and thus helping enormously into maintaining the economy of the Turkish Cypriot pseudo State. The love for making more money in a very easy way has also turned Greek Cypriots into real estate agents and today almost everybody in the free part of Cyprus is some way or another involved into selling land and property to foreigners. The fact that the sale of their land to foreigners will ultimately lead to their self extinction from the island seems of very little concern since their present need to acquire wealth in order to satisfy their ever demanding alter ego is the only thing that matters. Already 20% of the property in the free part of Cyprus is owned by foriengers and this percentage is climing up very fast. Once this property gets into the hands of forgeiners,it will seldom be resold back to Greek Cypriots and in the long run they will end up being a manority and lossing control of their own country because they will no longer own it. As opposed to what Greek Cypriot leaders like to state, almost half of Greek Cypriots do not seem willing to share the administration of Cyprus and their wealth with Turkish Cypriots and live together with them. According to statistics of a gallop made by CyBC (Cyprus Broadcasting Co-operation) 63% of Greek Cypriots between the ages of 18-24 and 48% of the whole of the Greek Cypriot population is against living together with Turkish Cypriots and the fact that the great majority of the younger generation does not want to live with Turkish Cypriots should not come as a surprise because they have no living memory of coexistance with Turkish Cypriots. It should also not come as a surprise that the childern of refugees do not idendify themselves with their parents occupied towns and villages in the occupied north. The excuse that they do not have life experiences from their original homelands can only be partly true, because in the case of the Palestinian refugees, this alienation from their ancestral lands is not present, and third and fourth generation Palestinian refugees claim the towns and the villages of their forefathers as their place of origin even if they and their parents or grand perents have never seen it. What lies behind the alienation of the ofspring of Greek Cypriot refugees from their original homelands should be mostly attributed to the ulter ego of the Greek Cypriots who think that to be classified as a "refugee'' is socially demeaning and is therefore a defect in their "social standing". As a result, unlike the Palestinians, there is not any organized struggle to return back to their occupied homelands. To the delight and the great pleasure of the Turks, as the first generation of Greek Cypriot refugees grow old and die, the memory and the demand for return also dies with them. What is left are empty words such as "all refugees must return to their homelands" regurgitated by politicians over and over again for decades when in reality everybody knows that this will never happen, or "we don't forget" when in actual practice the only thing which is not forgotten is the desire to own a big villa or a big luxury car at the cause of anything else. Meanwhile the Attilas in the north are more than happy with this outcome.

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