The arms race between Greece and Turkey

I don’t think anyone missed the fact that Greece is moving quickly to build up its defense and equip its armed forces to the point that they at least become a serious deterrent for Turkey in the face of daily provocations from Ankara. .

On March 24, our homeland signed a second agreement with France, this time in the amount of 4.4 billion dollars, for the purchase of three frigates and six additional Rafale aircraft.

This is a significant new expense relative to the size and state of the Greek economy, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With the global economy under severe strain due to two years of coronavirus – and now we have the severe economic consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – these funds could have been used to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of thousands of families. Greece because of the inflation that has arisen.

It was clear before, but it’s becoming more and more clear like a nightmare now, that we live in a dangerous world. What was valid until yesterday has been reversed. The days when almost all of us believed (based on 80 years of continuous peace and economic development since the end of World War II) that we would continue to live in these conditions for the foreseeable future, have been reversed – and we no idea what the end result will be.

How many “experts”, even heads of state, believed that what is happening today in Europe could have happened? That Russia would take a page from its imperialist history, from the time of the tsars, and invade and destroy an independent neighboring country which refuses to submit, as Mussolini’s Italy once demanded of John Metaxas?

And who would have thought that a “brain dead” NATO, to use Macron’s expression, would today be united as never before and would prepare to confront Russia in the event of the use of nuclear weapons and a possible attack on a Member State?

And who would have thought that in 2022, millions of citizens of a European country would grab their most prized possessions, pack a suitcase and hit the road as refugees, running for their lives?

These images remind us of the genocides of the Armenians and Greeks at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and the destruction of the Greeks of Asia Minor 100 years ago.

And who today can rule out the possibility that Turkey will act on the threats to our sovereignty that are thrown at us almost daily, threatening our islands and Western Thrace?

Who really believes, based on everything Turkey is doing on Cyprus, that it is impossible that it will at some point invade the free part of Cyprus?

So in this general climate of war and uncertainty in which we live, what other option does Greece have than to arm itself?

And to go further, what other option does it have than to prepare its people, to call them to financial sacrifices, as a small price to pay to guarantee the freedom of the fatherland?

On the contrary, one could say that our homeland was too late to take such measures.
Utopia, the paradise we have seen through our rose-colored glasses for decades, if it ever existed, clearly no longer exists.

Martin E. Berry