Biased Opinions on Cyprus Issue Bode Ill for Pease
Biased Opinions On Cyprus Issue Bode Ill for Peace
I am writing this letter in response to some heavily biased letters on the ongoing Cyprus issue published in The Tech last Friday on Oct. 21 ["Turkish Allegations Are Exercise in Absurdity," "Greek Community Hurt by Turkish Students' Allegations," "Turkey's Cyprus Policy Has Faced UN Condemnation," "Turkish Students Misinterpreted Infinite Corridor Posters"].
The events began with an unjust postering along the Infinite Corridor about the role of the Republic of Turkey in the Cyprus situation. An article was published in the Friday, Oct. 14 issue ["Infinite Corridor Posters Push Fascism for Cyprus"] as a response from the MIT Turkish Students Association to this hostile action. However, the title chosen for this article by The Tech's editorial staff did not reflect the main points in the article and was unjust to the other side. This point of view of the MIT Turkish Students Association was reflected by an erratum in last Friday's issue.
It is quite understandable that this delicate subject would create some disagreements among the members of interested communities. However, I do not understand how the four letters which appeared as a response to the Turkish Students Association article could completely fail to reflect the reality of the situation to the MIT community.
The intervention of Turkish Army in 1974 was not a planned event but a sudden necessity as a result of ongoing genocide by terrorist EOKA organization members, supported by the military junta in Greece, against defenseless Turkish Cypriots. Murder scenes of babies, defenseless women, and elderly were shown in the world media by independent international journalists quite openly.
While this was a bloody act of terrorists who happen to be of Greek origin, it is always wrong to associate a handful of terrorists with an entire nation. I believe that terrorism needs to be condemned by every nation and by every individual. Unfortunately, the authors of those articles in The Tech did not mention a single sentence on these terrorist murders of defenseless civilians, yet they were quite concerned with displaced Greek Cypriots as a result of the conflict.
It is clear that the objective of EOKA terrorists was to wipe out the Turkish Cypriots from the island and to unify Cyprus with Greece, a concept historically called "enosis." Those authors also failed completely to tell the truth about the right and duty of the Republic of Turkey to defend the lives of Turkish Cypriots. This right and duty was the result of an international treaty (Treaty of Guarantee) between the Republic of Turkey, Greece, and the United Kingdom in 1960. Therefore, it is very unjust to claim that the Republic of Turkey acted arbitrarily on this issue.
I agree that Turkish intervention created many displaced people from the both sides, but I also believe that it prevented many deaths from the both sides, especially from the Turkish Cypriot side. While the terrorist EOKA and the Greek military junta is to blame for these bloody events, not the ordinary citizen from either side, to ignore these facts and to not condemn these terrorists runs contrary to the intellectualism which was claimed by some authors in their articles.
I am frustrated by seeing people claiming to be intellectuals while not condemning bloody terrorists and failing to look at the events from both sides. If these authors represent the intellectuals upon whom the future's peace relies, we are far from achieving that peace in the world, much less Cyprus. However, I still want to believe that objectivity will prevail and that the number of people who desire a real peace will outnumber those who want only a consolidation of territory.
Siddik Sinan Keskin G