Senator from New Jersey and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez – God and the Greek community, led by Tasos Zampas, sent him – recently took the Senate Floor – an act in itself of major significance – and delivered a historic speech regarding Turkish President Erdogan.
He didn’t reveal any secrets or say anything mysterious. In fact, he said some self-evident things that come directly from the public statements made by the Turkish President, but that no one else has dared to say from any platform: He made the most complete, most sober and most realistic analysis of Erdogan’s statements that we are likely to have heard. He actually put his finger in the marks of the nails.
He did not discover the… New World. No doubt many others have thought about what the Senator expressed from the Senate Floor.
But he said it. And he said things that I believe Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis would have said if he did not have the responsibility for the country’s security, something which, by acting soberly and responsibly, limits, when necessary, his actions and words.
So what was it that Menendez said in his speech that I find so important?
First, he brought to the attention of his colleagues and held the State Department, as well as the U.S. National Security apparatus, to account, and condemned in the strongest possible terms Erdogan’s recent threat to hit Athens with missiles.
This is certainly a totally outrageous, deeply offensive statement, unprecedented for countries in a non-belligerent state that, moreover, are members of the same military alliance, NATO.
This is a statement that cannot be swallowed, not only out of moral and national dignity, but for what it means. A statement that cannot go unnoticed by the allies of the two countries.
And for God’s sake, let no one say that it is being done as part of the needs of his election campaign and his election panic.
Alas, if every leader going for election dares to utter such threats against others…
Second, the senator added something else extremely important: Something I hope everyone will notice. Something, incidentally, that I have also supported in the past. He said: “Those who just simply say ‘oh, well he’s a lot of bluster’ – they do so at risk. They said ‘Putin was bluster’ and we have a war on the European continent.”
And he added: “The United States must take the Turkish President’s actions seriously”… “and take concrete steps to hold Erdogan to account.” That word ‘concrete’ is the point, the key.
And based on that, he added: “That is why, as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will not approve any F-16s for Turkey until he halts his campaign of aggression across the entire region.”
God sent him!