October 14, 2007

THERE IS NO GREECE:

Name dispute or ethnic misdeeds? (Metodija A. Koloski, October 14, 2007, Washington Times)

[G]reece denies the right of the Republic of Macedonia to call itself by that name. In doing so, Greece disregards the United Nations Charter's admonition that all people have the right to self-determination. Greece's stated basis for this "dispute" is that the Republic of Macedonia supposedly harbors "territorial ambitions" toward northern Greece. The Greek government also claims Macedonia misappropriates "Greek history."

The Republic of Macedonia amended its constitution to unequivocally disclaim any "territorial ambitions," and it changed national symbols to remove "Greek" connections. But Greek government intransigence persists.

The real reason for the "dispute" is that, since Greece forcibly took possession of a large part of historical Macedonia following the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, it has denied the existence of the Macedonian people and ruthlessly pursued a policy of forced assimilation. These actions constitute genocide under the 1948 Genocide Convention (to which Greece is bound).


Macedonia just isn't as sexy an issue as Armenia.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 14, 2007 8:15 AM
Comments

And pissing off the Greeks doesn't make things in Iraq worse like sticking a thumb in the Turks' eye does. Simple moral preening isn't enough to get the Democrats in Congress to act; they need to screw Bush at the same time to make it worth the effort.

Posted by: Kelly at October 14, 2007 12:57 PM

They are afraid of another Alexander from Macedonia.

Posted by: ic at October 15, 2007 12:30 AM
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