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Did You Get the Messages, Mr. Biden and Mr. Erdogan?

February 18, 2023

“Hubris, nemesis, punishment.” I am 100% sure that neither Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. nor Recep Tayyip Erdogan know what those mean. Although the American President as a… ‘philhellene’ – which is how he introduced himself to us to attract the votes of our expatriates – should know. But the Turkish President, now (!) should also know what they mean.

When Mr. Biden and Mr. Erdogan move from hubris to chastisement, then comes nemesis, i.e. justice – the Divine Judgment that brings the ‘tisi’, i.e. punishment, crushing justice … destruction.

The Sultan’ has long ago and by far exceeded the limits of hubris both regarding Greece and for our Cyprus – as well as, for the… allies in the West and NATO. He mocked, insulted, ‘played’, blackmailed, and betrayed everyone and everything. Erdogan had crossed the line of hubris and moved on to the other… stage – of incessant insults and provocations, when you cannot ‘control’ yourself and do not stop at insults. And unfortunately for his citizens, nemesis, the Divine Judgment, came and it brought punishment, destruction, horror.

Thousands of civilians, innocent civilians, after a series of devastating earthquakes are dead, there on Turkey’s border with Syria. Thousands of people who look like Greeks and Cypriots, thousands of people who have the same daily problems and challenges as we do. Thousands of people who have nothing to fight over with us. Thousands of people who want peace and tranquility, just like us.

Erdogan was threatening right and left, making fun of and declaring as enemies Greeks, Cypriots – and even the Americans and Germans, who have been supporting him for many decades. Erdogan threatened us with war and the destruction of Greece and Cyprus with his special weapons… And yet, Mr. Erdogan, to your benefit, Greeks and Cypriots are on the side of your thousands of people who suffered the tragic consequences of your nemesis.

Mr. Biden, more or less, with his own tactics in the world, is also in that mode. He provoked a Russian reaction resulting in war in Ukraine, and is preparing something similar in Taiwan with China. He even almost threatened the Chinese president, telling him – as he revealed on PBS – “I called him this summer to say, this is not a threat, just an observation: Look what’s happened to Russia.”

And he is ‘playing games’ with Europe, while tolerating Erdogan’s ‘games’. And as Pulitzer Prize-winning leading American journalist Seymour Hirsch argues with evidence, the U.S. and Norway destroyed the Nord Stream pipelines that carried Russian gas to the heart of Europe.

Erdogan and Biden have the same motto: “Either you do what I want or you are my enemies.”

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