The American Ambassador to Greece, George Tsunis can consider the attack launched against him by the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs a badge of honor. And that is because the attack indicates that Turkey regards Tsunis as an important player in that area of the world who exerts significant influence on the Greek society.
“The U.S. ambassador in Athens,” said Cavusoglu, “should know that what he is doing does not benefit the U.S. or Greece.”
Brilliant. Now Cavusoglu is upgrading himself to the role of the protector of the interests of… Greece and America! He should not worry. America and Greece probably know better than he does what serves their interests.
However, Cavusoglu does not specify what Tsunis “is doing.” So, what is Tsunis “doing” that bothered him so much that he went to the trouble of attacking a U.S. ambassador who serves in a country other than his own?
Does it bother him that the American ambassador is traveling around Greece, getting to know the country and its people better and winning friends for his country? Didn’t his predecessors do the same? Even if some didn’t, shouldn’t they have done so?
Does it bother him that he visited his father’s village, Platanos? Does it bother him that he was declared an honorary citizen of Nafpaktia? Does it bother him that Tsunis opened the embassy to people that had not visited it until now?
Is it possible that what bothers Cavusoglu is that with these painless, human acts, with the humility, thoughtfulness, and kindness that distinguish him, is that Tsunis upgraded America’s popularity in Greece to first place, taking the lead from France?
Tsunis never hid that he is a member of the Greek-American community, either from the President who appointed him, or from the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who approved him, or from anyone.
Nor is he the only American to be appointed ambassador to his parents’ country of origin. Does that make him less American? Not at all. If Cavusoglu thinks this, he has no idea about America, nor about George Tsunis.
This newspaper fervently supported from the beginning his candidacy for ambassador to Greece, from the first moment it was announced, because knowing him, we knew that his appointment would serve in the best way relations between America and Greece and would and he also make the Community proud.
He achieved these goals in a much shorter time than expected – as evidenced by Cavusoglu’s annoyance.