Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, less than a month before the election – a race the polls indicate he leads by a margin of more than 10% – made a significant, exclusive statement to The National Herald hours before publishing it on joebiden.com, in which he is clearly and completely in favor of all our positions with regard to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
In particular, Biden said “disagreements in the region should be resolved peacefully, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected and protected.”
He went on to say, “I also applaud Congressional action to finally end the counterproductive embargo on nonlethal security assistance for Cyprus, which is a strategic partner for the United States,” and called on “Turkish President Erdogan to reverse his recent decision to convert the Hagia Sophia to a mosque.”
A careful reading of the statement will discern wording that proves very good knowledge of our issues, right down to the latest development – the visit of the Secretary General of NATO to Athens.
This is due to the fact that he knows our issues from his long tenure in the Senate, his eight years of service as vice president, and his longtime, close relations with our Community.
But it also alludes to the fact that he has knowledgeable people next to him who are able to draft such a statement. Whether they specialize in the area or not, their words support the fact that they are at least watching the situation very closely.
Moreover, it is no coincidence that the Biden campaign chose TNH to publicize his positions on our national issues first – thus recognizing the role of our newspaper as the journalistic voice of our Community, in both languages, as well as its reach to the ends of Hellenism.
It also shows the importance he attaches to our Community, from a political point of view. What this statement proves, above all, is Joe Biden's desire to win the vote of our Community.
We invite President Trump to do the same. Of course, he, as President, is called upon to explain his position so far regarding the crises facing Greece and Cyprus, but also for the conversion of the Aghia Sophia.
Our pages are wide open and they are waiting for him.
We know very well from our long experience that often the pre-election promises of candidates and their subsequent presidential decisions often differ significantly.
The example of President Carter often comes to mind.
However, is it not better to have a candidate who knows our issues and is interested in our community members approaching him about them, than a candidate who is not familiar with them and is not interested when they are brought up?
And will we not have more of a valid argument and case, if of course Biden is elected, to demand the fulfillment of his promises?