Monday, 16 August 2010

Treacherous, idiot dictator is dead

There is an irony, I suppose, that the death of the idiot traitor Brigadier Dimitris (Mimis) Ioannides was announced today in Athens. Mimis Ioannides was, of course, the leader of the Greek junta from November 1973 to July 1974, his overwhelming legacy being the overthrow of President Makarios, which precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus; the second and most devastating phase of which we commemorate at this time of year – 14-16 August – when Famagusta, the Mesaoria, Karpasia and Morphou were seized by the Turkish invader.

Last month, in an interview with the Greek daily Αδεσμευτος Τυπος  the idiot traitor tried to make out that his intentions in overthrowing Makarios were patriotic and aimed at bringing about the union of Cyprus and Greece, and he blamed American duplicity and the reticence of his senior colleagues for thwarting his great plan.

Thus, Ioannides says that the Americans assured him that, after deposing Makarios, the Turks would not invade. Even when on 20 July the Turks were landing troops on and bombing the island, Ioannides says he accepted American reassurances that the Turks were only planning to stay on the island for 24 hours and would only leave 1,500 men around Kyrenia as reinforcements for the Turkish Regiment on Cyprus (KTKA) to assuage the fears of the Turkish Cypriots.

(Yes, Mimis: you were going to declare the union of Cyprus and Greece and you expected Turkey to shrug its shoulders and let you get on with it – or was your sense of betrayal and bewilderment felt  because the Americans had told you that if you overthrew Makarios the Turkish response would be muted given that your intention was to partition the island with them as soon as possible?)

And, later, when it became clear to Mimis that what was going on in Cyprus was not a limited Turkish landing but a full-scale invasion, Ioannides wants us to believe that when he tried to convince the heads of the armed forces and the other junta members to mobilise the Greek military to repel the Turkish invasion, he was betrayed by the loss of nerve of his colleagues, anxious to avoid conflict with Turkey and urging a return to civilian rule, which meant that apart from the 300 Greek commandos sent to Cyprus as part of the ill-fated Operation ‘Niki’, Greece ended up totally abandoning Cyprus to the Turks, something that Cypriots have never forgotten or forgiven, as much as they’d like to, so that those feelings of adulation and awe that Cypriots once had towards Greece are now mixed with negative feelings associated with humiliation, cynicism and contempt. Bravo, Mimis Ioannides. You couldn’t have done a finer job for Cypriot Hellenism if you had been a Turk.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Ioannides was both an idiot and a traitor. Then what were Mponanos, Arapakis, Gkizikis, and Ntavos? They were the ones in communication with the Americans and the ones that came to an agreement not to militarily engage the invaders and to the return of Karamanlis. Did any of them end up in prison?
What about Karamanlis and Averof, and all those responsible for the inaction after the cease-fire and during the August invasion ("Attila II")?
To single out Ioannides as the "treacherous idiot" is a diservice to Hellenism. The traitors and idiots were and are numerous but few of them have paid for their crimes. Some have even been labeled "ethnarchs" even if they laid down the red carpet for the invasion (see Makarios' speech at the UN) or didn't send a single bullet to protect the island (see Karamanlis).

John Akritas said...

All the members of the junta were traitors and idiots – in the history of juntas there's never been a more treacherous and idiotic one. But it was Ioannidis, of course, who gave the order to overthrow Makarios and it was Ioannidis, the brilliant strategist, who fell into the American and Turkish trap. That Greece was capable of producing such men and having them rise, in whatever way, to positions of power, is a devastating indictment of the country. And what exactly was idiotic and treacherous about Makarios' UN speech? He called the coup an invasion and asked for constitutional order to be restored. Why? Because he knew the junta's plan wasn't enosis, but partition; and he also knew that the likeliest outcome of the coup wasn't the division of Cyprus on Greece's terms, but a Turkish invasion and a division of Cyprus on Turkey's terms. Your comment, therefore, that Makarios' speech laid out the carpet for the Turkish invasion is just an absurd slur. Those who rolled out the carpet for the Turks were Ioannidis and the junta.

I do agree, however, that Karamanlis was an idiot, who betrayed Cyprus on more than one occasion.

Anonymous said...

John, you're ignoring important facts and regurgitating cereal-box mythology. First off, you can't view Makarios as a democratically elected or legitimate leader. Second, you have to understand the due to Makarios' actions, Cyprus was partitioned in 1964 (10 years before the invasion).
Makarios was president from 1960-1977 (17 years) having won just 3 elections (1959, 1968, 1973), 2 of which virtually unopposed. He used intimidation, terror, torture, and murder to maintain control over the population just like any dictator would. If you haven't read up on the "Efedriko", the "Ethiniki Organosi", or his loyal police force, than you can't understand the regime of terror he had in place. While the Hellenic population of Cyprus was in near civil war (EOKA B' being formed in 1971), Makarios miraculously won the 1968 election with 96+% of the votes, and ran unopposed in 1973! Dictators like Stalin and Castro couldn't hope for better results.
As far as the Turk-Cypriots were concerned, they did not recognize Makarios since 1964, and created a parallel government in their enclaves (some 7% of the island was therefore partitioned). The coup against him was organized only after he decided to throw out all Greek officers and reduce the National Guard's force in half. Having already partitioned the island in 1964 and with TMT/paramilitaries active on the island, did it make any sense to decimate the island's defenses?
I'm sure the excuses exist in every creative mind regarding the above traitorous actions by Makarios. You can't however hide his direct statements in front of the UN Security Council the day before the invasion (which our friends the Brits and Americans were eager to facilitate):
"The Turks of Cyprus are also affected. The coup of the Greek junta is an invasion, and from its consequences the whole people of Cyprus suffers, both Greeks and Turks."
This is the exact quote that Turkish PM Ozal used to justify the invasion at the 18th seating of the Council of Europe on September 27, 1989.

Anonymous said...

And in order to not limit the traitors to Ioannides and Makarios, what exactly did were Mponanos, Arapakis, Papanikolaou, Gkizikis, and Ntavos do about the invasion in July? Instead of fighting a war (like Ioannides wanted) they preferred to negotiate with the Americans for the return of Karamanlis. When Karamanlis (and Averof as defense minister) was in power, what did he do to enforce the cease-fire? How did he respond to the August invasion?
At least Ioannides died in prison where he belonged. What about the rest of the above mentioned? The two (Karamanlis and Makarios) became "ethnarchs" while the others retired with honors for their great service to the nation.
These are the people you should focus on, and not the beaten dog that died after 36 years of imprisonment.