Friday, 13 January 2012

Rauf Denktash, Turkish Cypriot terrorist leader and war criminal, is dead

The Turkish Cypriot terrorist leader Rauf Denktash is dead. A Turkish ultra-nationalist dedicated to the partition of Cyprus, he initially collaborated with British authorities in the 1950s, prosecuting for the crown EOKA fighters seeking to liberate Cyprus from colonial rule. He was then, with the collusion of Britain and Turkey, instrumental in establishing the Turkish terror gang, TMT, which targetted Greek Cypriot civilians and Turkish Cypriots who did not share its vision of Cyprus partitioned along ethnic lines.

In 1958, with Denktash leading it, the TMT planted a bomb outside the Turkish consulate in Nicosia, an incident blamed on Greek Cypriots and which led to Turkish attacks on Greek shops and homes across the island, including the massacre of eight Greek Cypriots outside the Turkish Cypriot village of Kioneli. Widespread intercommunal violence followed and, as Denktash hoped it would, the tension fostered a siege mentality among the outnumbered Turkish Cypriots. Even after independence in 1960, guided by Denktash, Turkish Cypriots proceeded to break off all political, social and economic relations with Greek Cypriots and retreated into armed enclaves, from where they sought to challenge the authority of the Republic of Cyprus and provoke clashes with government forces, all in the hope of creating a crisis and providing a pretext for Turkey to invade and partition Cyprus.

Denktash’s plan was realised in 1974, when a coup against the Cyprus government, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece, was followed by Turkish invasion and the seizing of 37 percent of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus. The Turkish assault was accompanied by the usual atrocities associated with ethnic cleansing, as 200,000 Greeks were driven from their homes and land.

With northern Cyprus under Turkish army control, Denktash, as leader of the occupation regime, then set about zealously destroying the Greek and Christian heritage of northern Cyprus and turning the occupied part of the island into a Turkish province. A cornerstone of this Turkification policy was the importation of hundreds of thousands of settlers from Turkey into northern Cyprus.

In 1983, Denktash proclaimed the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’, a puppet ‘state’ immediately declared illegal by the UN and still to achieve recognition from any country, except Turkey. For the next 20 years, Turkish Cypriots led a North Korean-type existence, cut off from the outside world and encouraged to believe that their self-imposed isolation was necessary to protect them from Greek Cypriots hellbent on revenge and massacre. Denktash retired in 2005, but his efforts to diminish Turkish Cypriot identity and create a stronghold for the Kemalist deep state ensured that his nightmare vision for Cyprus remained alive, if not completely fulfilled. 

Denktash’s legacy is one of bloodshed and suffering. His goal of partition was predicated on ethnic cleansing, on forcing Greek Cypriots from one part of Cyprus and terrorising Turkish Cypriots into fleeing to the other. His politics were characterised by fanaticism and hatred and the result was violence that devastated Cyprus and scarred both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. For such wickedness in a later era, men were brought before international tribunals and accused of being war criminals.

ADDENDUM: Reading this piece again, it is wrong to imply from what I’ve written that Denktash’s plan of retreating into enclaves and provoking Turkey to invade was a success. Actually, it was a failure, because Greek Cypriots were able, from 1967-74, to keep both the TMT and the threat of Turkish invasion at bay. Indeed, the 1967-74 period was a period of despair for Denktash. What allowed for the realisation of Denktash’s plan was, of course, the coup and the excuse it gave the Turks to invade. Without the coup, the travails Denktash put the Turkish Cypriots through would have amounted to nothing.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said John. The brute should not have died peacefully in his bed.

The fact that this blood drenched war criminal escaped justice is testimony to the disgusting hyprocricy of the United Nations.

It is ok to hunt down Milosevic and Karadzic and to deliver kangaroo court victors justice but Denktash and others are allowed to roam freely and to profit from their crimes.

For years the United Nations was urging Cyprus to engage in peace talks with this vile shit bag who after 1974 had transformed himself into el presidente of the satrapy of Northern Cyprus.

Can you imagine the United Nations asking the Bosnian muslims to parle with Karadzic after the Bosnian war.

I sometimes wonder whether Greece has any sort of a secret service and what the hell it does. If ever there was an argument for state sponsored assassination fat Ralph provided it.

May the bastard fry in hell!

Kontias

John Akritas said...

There was an opportunity to kill Denktash back in 1967. The story goes that when Denktash was captured by our side as he tried to secretly sneak back on the island having been refused entry for his role in TMT, there was a high-level discussion as to what to do with him. Tassos Papadopoulos wanted to kill him, but Clerides thought it best to let him return to Turkey so as not to aggravate tensions on the island further. Makarios went with Clerides' advice. It was not the first or last time Clerides' lack of ruthlessness and foresight cost us.

John Akritas said...

Reading this piece again, it is wrong to imply from what I’ve written that Denktash’s plan of retreating into enclaves and provoking Turkey to invade was a success. Actually, it was a failure, because Greek Cypriots were able, from 1967-74, to keep both the TMT and the threat of Turkish invasion at bay. Indeed, the 1967-74 period was a period of despair for Denktash. What allowed for the realisation of Denktash’s plan was, of course, the coup and the excuse it gave the Turks to invade. Without the coup, the travails Denktash put the Turkish Cypriots through would have amounted to nothing.

Anonymous said...

Christ John, I really did not need to know that our guys had this mf in their custody only to let him go for fear of the Turks.

I can't help but observe that this is a repeating pattern in modern relations between the Greeks and the Turks. The Turks commit outrages against us and we respond by meekly offering the other cheek. When are we going to learn that in the realm of national geo politics a slap in the face unless resisted, will soon lead to kicks in the head.

Greece's Turkey policy can only be described as governed by rank Turkophobia. The people see their leaders cringing and craven appeasement to the Turks for what it is-namely defeatism and cowardice. Unfortunately over time some of our people have also been infected with this Turkophobia.

On this point I was reading a back issue of Hurriyet in which Bakoyannis (I think) was being interviewed over Greece Turkey relations. Her sycophantic posturing must have caused more than a few Turks to laugh out out aloud as they sat down to breakfast. The gist of what she was saying is Turkish fly overs 300meters above island villages isn't very helpful to the Greek effort to get Turkey EU membership and can Turkey please stop these flights. Pathetic is too lame a word for this slimy diplomacy!

The compradour political elites that govern Greece are more interested in ensuring "business as usual" than in facing up to their responsibilities to our people. Rather than confronting Turkey's provocations and preparing the people for national self-defence they would rather try to scare us with the bogey of the 60 million.

Thank god our ancestors did not have this xenophobic mindset. They did not look across to Persia and begin a head count before deciding to defend themselves. If they had adopted the approach of Greece's current political elites Greece would have been vanquished and the greatest period of human enlightenment ever known to man would simply not have occurred.

Kontias