Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Diplomatic Breakdown
'Most Greeks feel that the United States betrayed Greece during the 1967-74 dictatorship of the Colonels, having the power to save Greece from tyranny but ? at best ? failing to do so. Most Greeks blame the United States, rather than the Colonels, for the folly that triggered the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Greeks have concluded from their own experience that power will be abused, and they preemptively distrust the wielders of power. In this, their view is that of the majority of the Muslim world: The United States put itself into the ranks of evil by failing to impose the just peace in the Middle East its power allegedly permitted it.'

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