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Greece and America

The National Herald

FILE - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in full military combat uniform, waves from a helicopter as he visits Turkish troops at Ogulpinar border gate with Syria, near Reyhanli, Hatay, Turkey, Sunday, April 1 2018. (Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)

The divergence of American and Greek interests are not attracting as much attention as they should with regard to Turkey.

For example, the United States and Greece have both found themselves on the receiving end of various threats and insults directed by Turkey's dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials earlier in the year threatened the U.S. with an "Ottoman slap". Ankara has been furious ever since Washington refused to extradite Erdogan's opponent Fetullah Gullen from his exile in Pennsylvania. American support for the Syrian Kurds has further enraged Ankara.

While America is demonized by Turkey for refusing to extradite Mr. Gullen, Athens has received a variety of threats owing to the Greece's refusal to extradite seven Turkish Army officers accused of taking part in the July, 2016 Coup against Erdogan. The U.S. and Greece are each being threatened by Turkey, a fact that could serve to bring the two countries into a serious alliance against the aggressive posturing of Islamic Turkey. It is more than apparent that Turkey is an enemy of the United States and a source of terrorism and instability.

More common ground between the U.S. and Greece can be found by the actions of the Nationalist Action Party, the political arm of the fascist Grey Wolves.

An article by the Guardian in Great Britain some time ago reported that the Grey Wolves were fighting with ISIS and al-Qaeda against the Syrian Kurds. As well as supporting America's enemies in Syria, the Grey Wolves have been making threats against Greece. Party leader Devlet Bahcelli has claimed fifteen Greek islands belong to Turkey.

The Nationalist Action Party is not the only party in Turkey making threats against Greece. Erdogan himself has openly demanded a revision of the Treaty of Lausanne, claiming the Greek islands should be Turkish. Furthermore, two more members of the Turkish Parliament who head the Republican People's Party and the Good Party, respectively, have openly expressed a desire to attack Greece and seize the islands.

Greece has faced threats from Turkey before, but the evolution from verbal threats to a possible act of war seems more possible than in the past. In addition, Erdogan's chief advisor Yigit Bulut has said Turkey will walk all over Greece.

It is abundantly clear that there can be no improvement in relations with Turkey as its entire political establishment consists of fascists and racists looking to provoke a war. Despite the dangers, there is hope for Greece. Athens needs serious diplomacy to engage the United States and Russia. In addition to Greece, Turkey has been threatening Cyprus and has been bullying oil companies from the United States, Italy, Egypt, and Israel, who have signed agreements with Cyprus. And then there is Erdogan's threats to flood Europe with three million refugees.

It is difficult to see how U.S. and NATO relations with Turkey can be sustained considering Turkey is a jihadist state whose interests are more aligned with the now- decimated ISIS than with the civilized world.

Greece could become an invaluable ally and asset for the free world against the world of jihadism that Turkey is so anxious to lead.

Theodore G. Karakostas is the author of the books In the Shadow of Hagia Sophia, and With This Sign Conquer.