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Bulletin Board Offensive to Turkish Students

Bulletin Board Offensive to Turkish Cypriots

There is a board on the Infinite Corridor walls which tells us about the too-concise history of Cyprus, which is a beautiful island floating on salty Mediterranean water and pointing at the hottest spot on the globe. On that tiny little island there are two ethnic identities with different languages, religions, beliefs, stories, lullabies, dreams, and nightmares despite a common history of almost 500 years. One's dream is the other's nightmare. One's peace is the genocide of the other.

The "artist" who prepared that irrelevant, inconsistent, incomplete, untrue, uncivil board thinks that those two should unite. He supports his wishes with the example of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. He does not seem to realize that the very collapse of the wall caused new nations to pop up everywhere on the globe. As those nations believe that they cannot integrate with their bullying neighbors, so do the Turkish Cypriots.

The artist's judgment might have been obscured by the dream which must be emerging from the collective conscious of the few who used to vision their ownership and ruling of Cyprus as a part of the "Hellenic Trunk" (as the artist names it.) "Unfortunately," that barbarous dream was interrupted by "Turkish Invasion" of the island 20 years ago, no matter how close it was to becoming reality by the genocide efforts of the fascist organization EOKA, their leader Niko Samson, his preacher Makarius, and their master, the fascist junta in Greece.

Neither the Turkish Cypriots nor the Turkish government enjoys having the Turkish army on the island. Yet the choices which are offered to the Turkish minority of Cyprus by the government of the Greek majority do not hand Turkey any chance of withdrawal. The efforts of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey have been exhaustive, but the Greek Cypriot government does not wish to approve a legislature which would observe the minority rights of Turkish Cypriots.

There is already an independent state of Turkish minority on the island, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. However, global recognition of the state causes fear among the fascist dreamers. Of course, if she were independent, they would find not only Turkey but the whole globe on their face when they wanted to complete their mission.

Serhat Yesilyurt G