Swag­ger and games­man­ship

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

Turkey, the clever pre­dic­tions of what may oc­cur, are no use. All they achieve is to unite (to the de­gree that this is still pos­si­ble) our deeply di­vided neigh­bor. When the ag­gres­sive erup­tions are from peo­ple who de­voted them­selves like few oth­ers to cre­at­ing di­vi­sion in Greece, it is clear that the sit­u­a­tion be­comes more dan­ger­ous. The an­swer to Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan and the Grey Wolves is to iso­late Turkey by ex­am­ple, not be­come tan­gled in the dis­pute. Be­cause it is Turkey which has the op­por­tu­nity and the mo­tive to em­broil Greece in dan­ger­ous ad­ven­tures. But when politi­cians have built their ca­reers on hy­per­bole, it is un­nat­u­ral to ex­pect them to han­dle is­sues that are com­pli­cated and dan­ger­ous. Past vic­to­ries en­cour­age all kinds of ir­re­spon­si­ble peo­ple who think that these were granted to the Greeks be­cause they were bet­ter, more beau­ti­ful, more de­serv­ing than their en­e­mies – just as these politi­cians see them­selves. They don’t re­call that the same good, beau­ti­ful and de­serv­ing na­tion suf­fered de­feats when its lead­ers mis­read the in­ter­na­tional bal­ance of power and over­es­ti­mated the coun­try’s strengths, when they were swept away by the flow of things rather than mak­ing the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions – or, sim­ply, when luck was against them. Who­ever is in a po­si­tion of great re­spon­si­bil­ity ought to re­spect those who de­pend on his ac­tions and words – whether this be the peo­ple or the armed forces or a friendly coun­try. Cyprus,

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