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on 29 October 2012
I should have stopped reading after I noted that the foreward gave a very defensive mention of the fact that the author's wife is Greek. But then he'd been there and the title suggests he is on 'everyone's' side, so I foolishly carried on expecting an even-handed account from someone caught in the middle. Someone who genuinly wanted to find a 3rd way between Enosis (the Union of Cyprus with Greece) and Taksim (Separation). I needn't have bothered.
Tassos Papadopoulos, ex-EOKA terrorist and ex-politician who ran for office (and won) under the cheery slogan of "Death to the Turks" is actually passed off here as a moderate. Its comedy gold. Apparently he's the one who could have made this work if only they'd listened to Martin Packard. Of course, lets ignore the uncomfortable fact that he single-handedly buried the Annan Plan of Reunification when (the Greek part of) Cyprus ascended to the EU. He'd obviously changed by then. No longer was he that man who had supported Nicos Sampson when he usurped the Presidency after the bloody Greek-led coup in 74 and proclaimed that, "had Turkey not intervened when they did they'd have found no Turks left on the island". Obviously all a terrible misunderstanding.
Its much the same with the Akritas Plan (look it up for yourself), which is passed off as quite inconsequential, albeit with a Note at the back of the book confirming that some crazies have suggested it might contain some 'genocidal' tendencies. Ive no idea where they got that idea though. Suggesting that the Turks be "violently subjugated before foreign powers could intervene" is perfectly OK for a Government plan.
He also clears up the start of the plan going in to force; December 1963, when 133 Turkish Cypriots were killed and 103 villages attacked over Christmas (when it was expected that world opinion would be too slow to react). Apparently that was all propaganda. The Turks were killing themselves in order to give Turkey the excuse to invade. 11 years later. Clever sods. And the press of the day obviously fell for it when they wrote stories such as:
"We went to-night into the sealed-off Turkish quarter of Nicosia in which 200 to 300 people had been slaughtered in the last five days. We were the first Western reporters there and we have seen sights too frightful to be described in print as horrors so extreme that the people seemed stunned beyond tears and reduced to an hysterical and mirthless giggle that is more terrible than tears."
So, no, its not really that funny at all. It is laughable though.