Sunday, 9 August 2009

Turk soldiers murdered handicapped children in Cyprus

Above is a piece, with English subtitles, from last night's Cyprus TV news reporting that the remains of a family of four killed by Turkish soldiers during Turkey's invasion of the island in 1974 have been identified. The father, mother and their two handicapped children, from the occupied village of Lapithos, were buried under a lemon tree in the grounds of the home and their remains discovered and handed over to occupation authorities in 2002 by the Turkish settlers occupying the property as they were building an extension to the house.

Not only are we shocked by the bloodthirsty cowardice of Turkish soldiers; but we also wonder about the Turkish settlers in this story, who shamelessly and without, apparently, any disturbance to their consciences, reside in and enjoy the property of a family so brutally murdered.

Lapithos is also the town where a good proportion of the 8,000 Britons who have settled in occupied Cyprus now reside, including the notorious criminals David and Linda Orams, who were ordered earlier this year by the European Court of Justice to return the land they have usurped to its rightful owner, Meletios Apostolides, a judgment awaiting ratification or otherwise by the English Court of Appeal in November.


Θάνος Δ said...

There is an italian saying, something like: “if you defecate in the snow, it will appear in spring.
At least those settlers were “good enough” to give the remains of those victims to their pseudo-authority. Who knows whether other Turks have discovered other remains, have made them disappear and said nothing at all?

John Akritas said...

Thano: I guess you're right and at least the settlers turned the remains over; but I still don't get how they can lead their lives in that house, knowing what happened to the genuine owners, knowing how they came by the property. I guess the moral is that some people can justify anything to themselves, and things like remorse, conscience and doing the right thing are a luxury or for the naive.

DD said...

Shreds of decency remain hidden in all people, I believe, but it takes a very special convergence of time, place, and external stimuli to bring this decency out in the overwhelming majority of cases. That makes for precious few with what we call a "moral standard." These settlers obviously felt one brief moment of shame... and then again retreated into the safety of their "property" given to them by a criminal regime. Too many fine print points here to contemplate, so the easiest way out is ignore and forget.

Anonymous said...

Shreds of decency remain hidden, shreds of bestiality also remain hidden. As for turks, they are true to their raza and traditions. Looking for decency amongst individuals, it is a distinct possibility, but it is an error to look for collective decency. The collective is bestial, like their history. Unfortunately this episode will be buried with the passage of time and journalism's loss of interest. The sword is mightier than the pen. Although they say it is the other way around.

John Akritas said...

I'm not too sure if we can attribute 'decency' to these settlers' actions. The facts are that in 2002 in the process of building an extension to the property, they came across human remains, which they could not have known belonged to the murdered family – who knows if they even suspected? – and alerted the occupation regime's 'police', which then came and took the remains away. Perhaps the settlers did know or came to know, because as Petridou says in the clip above, when she went to Lapithos to look for the burial place, the settlers seemed to understand what she was looking for.

As for 'shame' Turkish settlers might feel, if the attitudes of the British 'settlers' in occupied Cyprus are anything to go by, then it doesn't exist. The British 'settlers' feel justified in what they've done and show contempt for the victims of their criminality. When Greek Cypriots cross into the occupied areas to visit their homes, they report that of those squatting in them, it is the British who are most hostile, followed by the Turkish settlers. The Turkish Cypriots living in Greek homes – most of whom will have been forced to move to the occupied areas as part of Turkey's ethnic consolidation plan – show the most understanding to Greek Cypriot refugees, although it's difficult to know how much of this is genuine and how much is down to following the rules of Cypriot hospitality.

Spartan4life said...

@ DD

Let's forget about Turkey & Cyprus for a little while. Look at the Turks that have entered various European & non-European countries (i.e. Austalia) over the years....and notice their actions! They have contributed quite significantly to crime statistics in all those countries that have welcomed them. It's not uncommon to find Turks regularly involved in illegal weapon & drug dealings, assaults, rapes & murders. Is this the type of behaviour any decent citizen would engage in? The correct answer is NO!

Greeks & Greek Cypriots have also migrated's very rare to find them following the examples of the Turkish immigrants. In fact many Hellenes are well educated and very succesful in the business/corporate world, arts, law, science, medical field & even politics to name a few in the countries they now reside. We prefer to be of value to not just ourselves but also the countries that have opened their doors to us. The nature of a true Hellene is to be a creative force of good and not to pillage and destroy.

Sadly the nature of the Turk seems to be of the latter 'quality'.