Ever since the Greek genocide of the 1910s and 1920s and the defeat of the Ottoman Islamic empire, the Turks have continued to taunt and menace Greece. Erdogan has openly declared that he wants to win back all the lands formerly ruled by the Ottoman empire. That would include Greece. But Erdogan’s words are nothing new: Turkey has been conducting a low-grade war against Greece for decades. For years, Turkey has claimed Greek islands in the Aegean and menaced Greek planes and ships. Successive Turkish governments have made it clear that they do not really take seriously Greece’s independence, and want to erode and ultimately destroy the independent Greek state.
The Turkish military routinely harasses Greek planes and ships. Now they have even dared to target a plane carrying Greece’s Prime Minister and the Chief of its Armed Forces. Clearly, Erdogan is itching for a war with Greece — or more precisely, a jihad.
“Turkish fighter jets harass Tsipras’s helicopter,” Ekathimerini, April 17, 2018:
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Two Turkish fighter aircraft reportedly harassed the Chinook helicopter carrying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Greek Armed Forces Chief Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis as they were flying from the islet of Ro to Rhodes on Tuesday afternoon.
The Turkish fighter jets, flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet, asked the Greek helicopter pilot, which at that moment was at 1,500 feet, to provide flight details, according to defense sources.
The pilot immediately informed the prime minister and the HNDGS Chief and alerted the Greek air force which dispatched two fighter jets, which approached the area at 20,000 feet. The Turkish aircraft retreated.
Speaking earlier from the southeastern Aegean island of Kastellorizo earlier in the day, Tsipras said Greece will defend its principles “in any way it can… and will not cede an inch of territory,” in an apparent dig at recent provocations from Turkey….
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