Our friends the Syrians – who we always thought understood us because of Alexandretta and the Golan Heights – have stabbed us in the back and yesterday began a twice-weekly ferry service between Latakia and the Turkish-occupied Cypriot port of Famagusta, thus giving a boost to the illegal occupation regime in northern Cyprus and its efforts to gain international legitimacy.
Now, what did we do to upset our Syrian friends – those high-minded supporters of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iraqi terrorists, who’ll blow up anyone in Lebanon who opposes the imposition of Syrian hegemony there? We don’t know, because the Syrians are refusing to respond to all our letters asking for explanations.
Perhaps the Syrian foreign minister has been too busy to write back because this week he’s been playing host to his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan – who while in Damascus praised Syria’s ‘constructive role in the region’ – and making plans for next week’s state visit to Turkey by the Syrian dictator and London-trained ophthalmologist, President Bashar al-Assad.
Nevertheless, despite Syria’s reluctance to divulge to us the reasons behind the termination of our beautiful friendship and their sudden affection for the Turks, we have our suspicions.
We suspect that Turkey and Syria have found common cause in opposing a Kurdish state in northern Iraq – both Turkey and Syria have restless Kurdish minorities; we suspect that Syria is prone to Turkish pressure because Syria is dependent on Turkey for 80 percent of its water; we suspect Turkey has promised Syria not to allow Israeli fighters to use Turkish airspace to strike Syria – as apparently happened last month when Israeli jets flew over Turkey before hitting targets deep in Syria; and we suspect that Turkey is enjoying flexing its muscles in the Middle East – particularly now that it feels less constrained than ever before by deteriorating American prestige and influence in the region – and is testing how far it can push its neo-Ottoman aspirations.
There have also been suggestions that Syria feels no compunction in cuckolding Cyprus because Damascus is upset by increasingly close relations between Cyprus and Israel; except that if Cyprus and Israel have been getting close no one in Cyprus seems to know about it.
In fact, the only time we hear of Israeli involvement in Cyprus is when so-called Israeli businessmen make ‘investments’ in the Turkish-occupied areas, like the one reported in the Turkish Cypriot press this week regarding the occupied Greek village of Yialousa, in the Karpas peninsula, in which an Israeli/British syndicate is planning to spend £150m ($300m) to build the largest marina in the Eastern Mediterranean and two luxury hotels.
Vultures, thieves, usurpers. Come to Turkish-occupied Cyprus, all are welcome.