This, again, is infuriating. Turkey is threatening Greece with war because she is committing the crime of … protecting her islands with an army.
Yesterday, Erdogan described the transfer of soldiers to Kastelorizo "as a new example of piracy." Piracy? Are we committing any robbery and just don’t know it?
They said,"Taking arms against the Turkish coast is foolish … Turkey is determined to defend its rights and its interests under international law indefinitely."
And they continued, "It is a proof that (i.e. Greece) does not respect the law and reveals its real purposes in the Eastern Mediterranean."
On the contrary, these words do not reveal the real intentions of Greece – but those of Turkey.
They reveal the reasons why they react in this way to a routine action of the Greek army. And their goals, combined with the energy research they are doing in the area, are more than obvious.
It is a fact that there was an agreement to demilitarize some Aegean islands. Obviously, Greece agreed with this as a sign of good will, without being able to imagine back then the invasion of Cyprus, the crisis in Imia, or this great crisis now.
However, many years ago, Greece considered it necessary to equip these islands in order to protect them – without provoking a particularly major reaction from Turkey – until now – when Turkey’s plans have changed.
Yesterday, completely coincidentally, I wrote the following in the "Praktorikos" column in our Greek edition entitled: "Greece’s Islands in Erdogan's Sights."
"Erdogan referred to the 'Blue Homeland' again yesterday. ‘This plan,’ Steven Erlanger wrote in the New York Times, ‘envisions the conquest of Greek islands inhabited by hundreds of thousands of Greeks.’ […] However, according to Erlanger, ‘Greece wants to limit talks on the continental shelf on energy issues and will not offer a ‘carte blanche' for other Turkish grievances, such as the status of the inhabited Greek islands. This is to understand the magnitude of the problems we face.’”
And today, the magnitude of the threat Greece is facing from Turkey to her national sovereignty is becoming even clearer.
Obviously, when Erdogan talks about the "Blue Homeland" he is referring to the blue waters of the Aegean. "He envisions the conquest of Greek islands inhabited by hundreds of thousands of Greeks."
It is now unfortunately crystal clear.