The Cyprus issue is bound to be one that will turn heads in either anger or support. For some background, in 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus after attempts by the (Greek) Cypriot government to unify with Greece, and in the process form a government that wholly excluded the (largely nominally, since the 1920s) Muslim Turkish Cypriots. This effort included massacres of the Muslim Turkish Cypriot population.
The Turkish invasion, Operation Attila, was launched on 20 July 1974, following a coup in Cyprus. The coup, ordered by the military dictatorship in Greece (which supported the Greek Christian Cypriot side) and staged by the Greek-dominated National Guard, deposed Cypriot president Archbishop Makarios III and installed the pro-union and fanatically anti-Muslim, anti-Turkish ruler Nikos Sampson.
There had been well over a decade of anti-Muslim violence by Greek Christian forces in Cyprus prior to the invasion. The Greek Cypriot leadership thought the rights given to Turkish Cypriots under the 1960 constitution had gone too far; Turkish Cypriots should be assimilated & subjugated or else. In response, they had designed the Akritas plan which aimed to change the constitution in favour of of Greek Cypriots, persuade the world powers to accept this and violently subdue the Turkish Cypriot population if they didn’t submit.
After further disagreements and skirmishes erupted in 1963, 109 Turkish Cypriot or mixed villages were obliterated and 25,000–30,000 Turkish Cypriots were ethnically cleansed in what The Daily Telegraph called an “anti-Turkish pogrom”. On 2 July 1974, Makarios himself complained to the Greek military dictatorship of Greece’s blatant interference in his affairs – Greece’s response was to launch the coup on the 15 July. Turkey invaded on July 20.
After two military operations that year (and further massacres of Turkish Cypriots) 40% of Cyprus fell into Turkish hands and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was declared in 1983.
Cyprus fell under the domain of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century and remained in their hands until the 19th, when Britain took control after the Congress of Berlin in 1878, formerly annexing Cyprus (together with Egypt and Sudan) illegally from the Ottomans in November 1914. British rule lasted until the end of colonial Cyprus in 1960.
Britain applied the principle of “divide and rule”, deliberately pitting Muslims and Christians against each other to prevent them uniting in common cause against the occupation. Greek and Turkish nationalism didn’t help either; the Greek junta that came to power in 1967 strongly promoted ultranationalism, while Turkish nationalism flowered after Atatürk took power. Atatürk’s principles were frantically imparted to a Muslim population already weakened by British attempts to weaken their connection to the Islamic faith. Eventually, Kemalist secularism (laicism) and nationalism combined to largely eliminate Islam’s role in everyday life and the Muslim community came to identify itself as Turkish first and Muslim in name only.
In the early fifties a Greek nationalist/fascist group formed called the Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston (EOKA, “National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters”). Their objective was to drive the British out, then unify with Greece. They deliberately targeted and killedc Turkish Cypriots in order to provoke anti-Greek riots and create strife that they could use to their advantage. The group’s atrocities were supported by Greece throughout.
A combination of cancerous nationalism, colonialism and fascism resulted in massacres and forced Turkey’s hand. Since the declaration of independence in the north the world has near-unanimously condemned the north and claimed its independence is “illegal”.
Re-Unification: On Whose Terms?
Negotiations have been ongoing to re-unify the country under a power-sharing government. But is it really worth it? Or more accurately, should it be attempted?
The simple answer: of course not.
When Turkish Cypriots fell under the mercy of the Greek Christians, massacres, sectarianism and disenfranchisement were the result. If Muslims anywhere (and especially Turkish Muslims today, given the world’s hatred of Turkey due to the slow Islamic awakening we see there) let non-Muslim powers gain the upper hand over them, one or more of these scenarios will ultimately take place – massacres, outward hostility in the media and in society, hostile surveillance (see Prevent in the UK) and attempts to destroy Islam and dilute it from within (“moderate Islam”) to destroying the link of the Muslims with their faith and thus make them easier to dominate. This happens worldwide, from the west to the secular western-backed puppet regimes in the east.
When a “peace plan” (albeit an insincere one) was put forward by the world powers it wasn’t the Turkish Cypriots who rejected it – it was the Greeks. Re-unification for them will be on their terms or not at all: unless Muslims (and most Turkish Cypriots are Muslim in name only, although this is changing) act first.
Every religious or political following believes their path is correct, want their world view implemented and want dominance, simply because they perceive their path to be the most upright and the most righteous. This is a natural thing, from liberals to Muslims and Christians alike. The more you love something, the more you will hate its opposite.
The more a Muslim loves God’s religion, Islam, the more he will hate polytheism (e.g. Hinduism) for creating false deities and putting them on a par with God. The more a Christian loves polytheism (e.g. the trinity) the more he will hate its monotheist alternative (Islam). It’s why Muslims living under non-Muslim governments is a terrible idea; these authorities inherently want Islam either gone altogether or reduced to a husk so their world view isn’t threatened. The Muslim principle of al-wala’ wal-bara’ is essential to a Muslim for this very reason, and its equivalent is practised by every other religion or belief system – and those people, for good reason, don’t want Muslims to live by this principle. Because if they stop doing so, then the Muslims will hate each other and love their opponents and thus commit communal suicide.
Greece today is the same nation that supplies arms to the PKK as it engages in terrorism in Turkey. Greece today is the same Greece denying Thracian Muslims their rights to the extent that they can’t choose their leaders. Unification of Cyprus on Greece’s terms would require a majority-Greek Cypriot government – and it would almost certainly be controlled or influenced from Greece.
Even if you want to put all my previous points were put aside Muslims want to be controlled by a country in which Golden Dawn is at least 10% of the electorate?
If there is to be re-unification it must be on Muslim terms, and it will only happen when Muslim Cyprus throws off the yoke of Atatürkist secularism – and Turkey too, for that matter.
The Islamic awakening in Turkey has reached Cyprus as well; new mosques are going up everywhere, religious education is on the rise and people are exploring the faith of their ancestors once more.
In an Islamic state in which shari’ah is properly implemented (with none of the permissiveness of liberalism nor the terrorist massacres of Da’esh, such as we saw in Paris) Jews and Christians live in their own autonomous communities and under their own rules. In return for paying the jizyah and adhering to the laws of Allah in public spheres (e.g. hijab) they are not only granted protection and the ability to practice their faith in peace, but are exempt from duties such as military service that Muslims partake in.
I ask you, as a Christian, what is better – living under your own rules in a society in which Islam is dominant (even if you don’t believe in it or agree with it) or living in a Westphalian nation-state in which everyone is forced together in one big community and made to conform to what the government and the media wants you to believe in, or else? A “diversity” in which everyone can look different but must think the same way, or they’re called “intolerant”. I ask you, what kind of existence is this?
For those supporting the western-backed “peace” plan, remember who is backing it – countries like Britain and America, which backed and supported the Greeks and the Greek Cypriots. Those same powers today support the PKK and other terrorist organisations
They call the defence of the Turkish Cypriots an “illegal occupation”.
*For people who may call this statement “intolerant” I will point out that this should happen in the same sense that Orthodox Christianity is dominant in Greece, for example.