‘The Greeks are hard to govern so we must strike deep into their cultural roots. That way we may knock some sense into them. What I mean is that we must strike their language, their religion, their cultural and historical heritage in order to eliminate any possibility of their progress, prominence and domination so that they would stop having a say in the Balkans, the East Mediterranean and the Middle East, which are the key areas of great strategic importance for the policy of the USA.’
Henry Kissinger, the notorious Jewish-American diplomat and war criminal, is alleged to have made the above statement about Greeks in September 1974, two months after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which Kissinger so ardently desired and worked for. Recently, there was an article in Kathimerini which suggested that Kissinger never said any such thing and the statement is an invention, a Greek myth in fact.
However, the issue here isn't whether Kissinger did or did not say that America and its cohorts want and need to 'strike' at Greek history and culture to turn Greeks into US lackeys, like the Albanians and Fyromians, but whether he could have said it and whether it reflects the truth not only of America's view of Greece, but the view the West in general has had of Greeks for the last thousand years (and more).
It is not unreasonable to interpret the history of Hellenism in the last thousand years (and more) as a continuous 'strike' against Hellenism, by the West and others, which aims to strip Greeks of their culture and identity and get them to conform, to not be Greeks anymore.
This article by Professor Christos Yiannaras correctly identifies Greek 'progressive' intellectuals as being complicit in the Kissinger thesis, as being, indeed, the ones, paradoxically (since they also tend to be the most anti-American Greeks), keener than most to implement it.