Occupation Hypocrisy: Gaza vs. Cyprus

(Washington Times) Victor Davis Hanson - Cyprus has never recovered from the Turkish invasion of 1974. Turkish troops still control nearly 40% of the island - the most fertile and formerly the richest portion. Some 200,000 Greek refugees never returned home after being expelled from their homes and farms in Northern Cyprus. Thousands of settlers were shipped in by the Turkish government to occupy former Greek villages and to change Cypriot demography. Not a single nation recognizes the legitimacy of the Turkish Cypriot state. Why, then, is the world not outraged at an occupied Cyprus the way it is at, say, Israel? The West stays silent while Muslims butcher each other by the thousands in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Syria. Only when a Westernized country like Israel inflicts far less injury to Muslims does the West become irate. The writer is a historian with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

2014-08-15 00:00:00

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