The rationality of the irrational

first_imgFor some time now I have been striving to understand the logic the rejectionists use to support their positions.  Despite my efforts I have not been able to make much progress. The rejectionists have 10 basic arguments that I find the logic behind difficult to understand. Here they are:Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots cannot be relied upon to honour the commitments they will undertake in the context of a settlement agreement. If this is the case, why have we been talking to them for so many years, seeking to arrive at a compromised settlement?The international factor. The United Nations, European Union, United States, United Kingdom and Russia have interests that are aligned with those of Turkey. As a consequence, they formulate and promote solutions which are unacceptable to the Greek people. It is precisely for this reason that we have rejected all the solutions that have been proposed to date. If this is the case, what do the rejectionists hope will happen in the foreseeable future to counteract the existing equilibria?Turkey is seeking to place the whole of Cyprus under its full control. This Turkish objective is unacceptable. If this is the case, Turkey’s objective is truly unacceptable but don’t the rejectionists have an obligation to explain how they intend to defend Cyprus against this threat?Turkey will never leave Cyprus voluntarily. She will do so only if she is defeated in a war. If this is the case, why are the rejectionists not proposing the declaration of war on Turkey?The declaration of war on Turkey is not feasible because the Greek side does not have the means that would allow them to win such a war. If this is the case, how do the rejectionists intend to force Turkey to yield to our legitimate demands?Turkey will retreat only if we cause her ‘pain’. If this is the case, why do the rejectionists systematically avoid stating how they intend to inflict the necessary ‘pain’ on Turkey, beyond a vague reference to adopting ‘a new strategy’, which they fail to specify?Some rejectionists imply that the ‘pain’ could be inflicted by Cyprus vetoing Turkey’s entry into the European Union. This position highlights the political naivety of the rejectionists because it is widely known that no country in the European Union – with the exception of the United Kingdom, which is on its way out – wishes to see Turkey becoming a member of the European Union. As a consequence, they are all looking for a scapegoat – Cyprus – to blame for Turkey’s failure to see its application approved.  I have not heard of any other way of inflicting the necessary ‘pain’.The rejectionists give the impression that they have come to the conclusion that the loss of northern Cyprus is inevitable – including Famagusta and Morphou – and that 40% of Cyprus will be fully Turkified. Their target is to save the remaining 60%. If this is the case, how do the rejectionists hope to secure the maintenance of the new equilibria that will be struck?  Are they not afraid that a new permanent frontier between Greece and Turkey, extending over 100 km, and a totally uncontrolled arrangement in the north, will be the beginning of worse adventures?The rejectionists state that they will fight with all their strength – in contrast to the remaining Greek Cypriots who are doing it at half strength – to free Cyprus from Turkish occupation. I am not sure what they have in mind, beyond marching in the streets of Nicosia and delivering protest resolutions to unfriendly foreign embassies. If this is what their struggle comprises, should they not explain why their efforts are now likely to bear fruit while they have failed to do so over the past 70 years?The rejectionists seem to have adopted the position taken by former Greek Foreign Minister Georgios Mavros in Geneva, between the first and second rounds of the Turkish invasion, that a glorious and heroic death is preferable to a disgraceful compromise.  If this is the case and if the rejectionists have the necessary self-respect, they need to advise the Greek Cypriots that they will soon be called upon to commit suicide.  Suicide is not confined to setting oneself on fire.  It also includes the gradual emigration of the more competent Cypriots – Greek and Turkish – to other parts of the world. Christos Panayiotides is a regular contributor to the Cyprus Mail and AlithiaYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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