Some years ago I was a tourist in Turkey and I hired the captain of a small sailboat to take me out for the day. The captain could only speak a little English but enough for me to learn he was a retired Sergeant from the Turkish Army.

When I said to him the Turkish Army had a reputation as very fierce fighters, he explained that was necessary because Turkey was surrounded by bad countries — the Syrians, the Iraqis and, shaking his head, the worst of all, "the Greece people".

As I scan financial news reports from Europe over recent weeks, the Sergeant's words echo back to me: "The Greece people, very bad."

[No offense to SpecListers or others who may be of Greek descent. I just liked his serious and striking English phrasing: The Greece people, very bad.]

Paolo Pezzutti comments:

I think an extremely weakened Greece could destabilize the area. You heard also that "the government of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has sacked the top commanders of the Greek Armed Forces in one afternoon.

The move came within 24 hours of Papandreou's announcement that he intends to hold a referendum on the European Union's bailout package, which is widely seen in Greece as a ploy to forestall early elections." Very unusual move in a NATO country.





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6 Comments so far

  1. ron howard on November 3, 2011 10:45 am

    not to remind anyone, but it was the Turks who held the Greeks (and half of Europe) captive and enslaved them for the better part of 600 years, and not the other way around.

    also that it was the Turks who invaded Cyprus and still occupy it illegally; it was the Turks who continue to illegally occupy most of what is legally Armenia; and the Turks who continue to deny the Kurdish people their autonomy and their statehood; and finally, the Turks who collaborated first with Lenin, then with Stalin, and finally with Hitler, in killing millions of Christian Armenians, Jewish Ottoman residents, Kurdish muslim residents and Turkish Christians who spoke turkish but happened to be of Byzantine (rumi othodoki) descent.

    In short, the current turkish regime has no legitimacy. the ottoman empire was a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious entity.

    The turkish state as conceived by Attaturk and his successors is an Islamic State which is intolerant of any religion but Islam.

    While Erdogan is a powerful leader, his interests and the national interests of Turkey, Israel, Greece, Europe and the US are anything but on the same page. Turkey sees itself at once as having pan-Ottoman as well as pan-Turkish aspirations. It wants to unify the territories to the west up through Bosnia, under Turkish rule, while also unifying the territories to the south and east as well up to Iran, including Syria and Iraq, under Turkish rule, with the express aim of taking over the Aegean and Mediterranean Oil drilling rights as well as the Syrian and Iraqi oil drilling rights.

    If anyone is confused, this is about Money, Land and Power. It is not about Islam. That’s just the ideology Erdogan uses to get the “others” like Kurds, Greeks, Christians, Israelis etc. out of the way so he can pursue his expansionist fantasies, like a new Napoleon.

    –Ron Howard

  2. Steve on November 3, 2011 11:39 am

    Oh the terrible “Greece people”. They have such nerve! Turning their backs on the global banking elite. Indifferent to shrinking financial portfolios and to the suffering European Union. What ingrates! Don’t they know the banksters know whats good for them?

  3. michael bonderer on November 3, 2011 11:53 am

    so, do we get a coup d’etet in greece this weekend? if so, will the military represent the greek people better then papandreou did or will they cut a deal with the germans?

  4. Nigel Davies on November 3, 2011 6:05 pm

    If one widens ones sources outside Turkish sailors a different picture emerges:

    [No offence to anyone of Turkish descent as everyone is responsible for their own life and the works thereof.]

  5. david on November 6, 2011 8:59 am

    Mississippi is a weak are of the USA but it has not destabilize the area, not yet anyways…..

  6. Ed on November 7, 2011 12:19 pm

    What exactly happened to Greece. It certainly has been studied to death, but how far back does one have to go to avoid the “PC Think” brine we presently immersed in?

    One notion is that the dilution of the original Greek peoples with primitive individuals from the extended empire ultimately did them in.

    I have no idea if there is any truth to this notion, but it certainly plays to the fears that exist today concerning 3rd world low IQ populations migrating to the west. Crime and savagery will be and are on the rise, just don’t expect the media to cover it.

    Perhaps one day in the far off future the historians will look at the basket-case land mass once called the USA, examine its people, and wonder how it could ever have been a great nation.


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