x

You’ve reached your limit of free articles for this month.
Get unlimited access to The National Herald,
starting as low as $7.99/month for digital subscription & $5.99/month for a delivery by mail subscription

Editorial

The Apology of the South Korean General

Here is an interesting piece of news from Seoul, the capital of South Korea: the Armed Forces of that country have apologised to their people for failing to shoot down the North Korean drones that violated their airspace for the first time in five years.

And it’s not that they didn’t try. Their warplanes and helicopters intercepted North Korean drones, but failed to shoot down any of them, which returned to their bases.

The South Korean general expressed regret, in a televised statement, over their failure “which caused great public concern.”

You can see, of course, why I find the news interesting. Unwittingly, I compare it to our situation, where the Turks have been violating Greece’s airspace several times a day for years.

Of course, no Greek general has apologized for not destroying Turkish planes or drones and we don’t expect anything like that. After all, the South Korean mentality is different.

I wonder, however, going way back, what would have happened if we had shot down one of their drones – not a plane. Would it have led to a conflict or would the Turks have backed off?

Of course, the risk of a general conflict from something like that is great. One does not take it lightly.

But the risk of allowing the Turks to increasingly violate Greece’s national sovereignty is also great.

How far will they go?

RELATED

This article is part of a continuing series dealing with reports of Greek POWs in Asia Minor in the Thessaloniki newspaper, Makedonia in July 1936.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Tornado Kills Multiple People in Iowa as Powerful Storms Again Tear Through Midwest

GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Multiple people were killed when a tornado tore through a small town in Iowa and left a wide swath of obliterated homes and crumpled cars, while the howling winds also twisted and toppled wind turbines.

HALKIDIKI – Professionals and amateur golfers from Europe, the ideal weather, the impressive golf course of Porto Carras, and the excellent facilities of Porto Carras Grand Resort, created a unique setting for the international golf tournament Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour, held from May 14-18, on the peninsula of Sithonia in Halkidiki.

LONDON  — Among Iranian communities from London to Los Angeles, few tears are being shed over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, killed in a weekend helicopter crash.

CANNES, France (AP) — Before a journalist has even lobbed a question, Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos spit out a string of overlapping answers.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Extreme weather attributed to the El Nino phenomenon is causing a surge in hunger in several countries, including Zambia and Afghanistan, the UN's World Food Programme said Wednesday, and called on donors for much-needed help.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.