In George Gregoriou’s articles Ι see nothing but hate for the American government, American country and for us the low intellect Greek Americans. Mr. Gregoriou chose to blame the Americans for everything that is going wrong in the world. He chooses to blame them for the Greek military dictatorship and also for the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. He discounts our president’s message (myths) and claims that CIA will plant the weapons in Iraq.
Greeks keep blaming the Americans for the dictatorship. The Greek Army using American tanks (what if they were German made, Russian made orr Greek made) took over power and the Americans did not stop it. Bad Americans, The Greek Government overthrew the government is Cyprus. Turkey invaded the island and the Americans did not force the Turks to get out of Cyprus. Bad Americans. Americans intervene to avoid a Greek-Turkish war in 1974. Lets forget about that. Always point the finger at someone else for your problems. That is the approach Greece is taking for the last 30 years and Mr. Gregoriou, although he has left Greece and lives in America, follows the same approach to solve problem. Blame someone else.
Americans are invading Iraq to eliminate a dictatorship. Bad Americans. I wonder if it was OK for Americans to invade Greece to re-establish democracy.
Articles with so much anti-Americanism (even in the commentary section) hurt Greece, the Greek-American community and the country we chose to make our new patrida.
P.S. Who do we blame for the mikrasiatiki katastrofi? History tells us that Kemal’s army was wearing brand new Russian uniforms when they entered Smyrna? Maybe they bought them with American money.
PROFESSOR GEORGE GREGORIOU’S REPLY
Mr. Karakis did not get my message. I am Greek-American. I volunteered and served as a sergeant in the US army, and studied under the Korean GI bill. I am also a democrat. I do not believe my country ‘right or wrong’ or ‘love it or leave it’. Surely Mr. Karakis knows that Greece was free to the extent it carried out American geopolitical objectives and sacrificed Greece’s national interest, in Cyprus and the Aegean. Since the Civil War we had a shadow of democracy, not real democracy. The military junta was American-made, its leaders trained and linked to the CIA. If the Russians were doing the same, I would blame them.
The U.S. Embassy in Athens cleared who became PM or Defense Minister. Most Greeks know this. Recently declassified US State Dept documents attest to this close. Should I lie, not to offend anyone? If Mr. Karakis had to tell the truth, whether it was “pro-American” or “anti-American”, how would he handle it? He could have tried to point out where I was wrong. I welcome criticism. I get paid for it. His formula is too simplistic: “pro-American”, right or wrong. Millions opposed Washington’s war-mongering, blood for oil, and control of the M.E. Are they “anti-American”? We were subjected to the biggest weapons of mass ‘distraction’, away from our real economic and social problems. If being “pro-American” requires lying, count me out. Its too close to militarism and fascism.