A Turkish political analyst openly spoke on CNN Türk about a military invasion of the Greek islands without even the slightest reaction from the presenter.
The latest typical example of the climate that has formed in Turkey is the analysis of Hakan Bayrakçı on Greek-Turkish relations, who – in front of the map of Greece – proposed that Turkey occupy “some Greek islands” so that “the politics of Greece and the USA will collapse.”
“They have not calculated anything,” he said. “Turkey, in order to face this resilience, can make a business here, drop a cuff, land on two islands here and say ‘I am not an aggressive country’, then if Greek foreign policy is resilient, it will collapse and so will US policy.
“In addition, in domestic politics, we will say that ‘I did not attack Greece, I just gave them a message that if you continue the aggressive policy I will do these things’.”
Journalists who also took part in the debate, such as Hurriyet newspaper editor-in-chief Ahmet Hakan, not only did not react to Bayrakçı ‘s absurdities, but effectively endorsed the analyst’s extreme rhetoric, which is identical to that of the Erdoğan government.
The director of Hurriyet, in fact, stated that he was annoyed by the American presence in Greece, describing Greece as a “new US state”.
Hakan specifically stated: “Is Greece becoming a state of the USA?
“Why do we say that? Because it seems that there is a US plan that is being implemented through Greece.
“There are almost 10 bases and President Erdoğan said ‘what do they want to threaten with so many bases they are building’.”
Elsewhere in Turkish media, Assistant Professor at Istanbul Altınbaş University and military analyst Eray Güçlüer interprets International Law and International Agreements, according to Ankara interpretations.
Recently, he provocatively stated that: “Greece has no other way out but to depend on us”, that is, Turkey.
Now he says that the “Dodecanese were temporarily given to Italy” and that they should “return” to Turkey.
The reason for this is, according to Eray Güçlüer who once again interpreted International Law and International Agreements, according to Ankara’s accounting.
Speaking on a Haber Global show, Güçlüer provocatively stated that the Dodecanese, having been “temporarily given” to Italy, apparently ignoring the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne by which Ankara relinquished all rights to the islands, should be returned to Turkey.
He stated: “The Dodecanese were given temporarily to Italy, temporarily.”
“In 1947 the islands which are called Dodecanese are removed from Italy and given to Greece… That is, islands which had been temporarily granted and had to be returned to us, were given to Greece.
“In other words, there is already a question of sovereignty.”