TURKEY: The Phony Incident

One night five years ago, in the Greek city of Salonica, a bomb exploded outside the house where Kemal Ataturk, father of modern Turkey, was born. The Turkish state radio boomed the news that Greeks had done it. Turkish tempers, already exacerbated by the long quarrel with Greece over Cyprus, flared into a night of shameful violence against the 100,000 Greeks living in Istanbul. Within hours a mob armed with pickaxes and crowbars marched down Istanbul's Independence Avenue yelling "Cyprus is Turkish, not Greek!" A Greek Orthodox priest was scalped and another burned alive,...

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