By Alex Aliferis
On July 20, 2020, HALC conducted a virtual online conference to discuss Cyprus.
With recent aggression by Erdogan against Greece on all fronts, the Greek American Democrat Establishment Elite raised alerts about Turkey and Cyprus. At the conference, Democrat House Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Eliot Engel, Democrat Senator Menendez, Democrat Congressman Ted Deutch, AHEPA’s George Horiates, HALC’s Endy Zemenides, AHI’s Nick Larigakis, Andy Manatos, and Philip Christopher offered comments on recent developments with Turkey.
The zoom conference was open to the public.
All of sudden, the same Greek American Democrat Establishment Elites who had the means to do something in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, early 2000s are worried about Turkey? Where were then? Silent. What is their track record? The 1974 Turkish Arms Embargo was successful. Then, Democrat President Carter ended the embargo in 1978. Why have the Greek American Democrat Establishment Elite taken over when the Democrats ended the Turkish Arms Embargo?
It’s funny, but Congressman Engel was defeated by a Communist Democrat AOC, Jamaal Bowman. Actually, Engel was never a friend of Cyprus or Greece. All of a sudden, he was a friend?
In 2007-08, I exposed pro-Turkish Congressman Robert Wexler. Wexler was a Democrat Florida Congressman before Ted Deutch took hold. Manatos and PSEKA thought Wexler was for Greece and Cyprus. Greeks and Armenians held a rally in Wexler’s district of Boca Raton, Florida. Where were Manatos, PSEKA, AHEPA, and the others? With Greek and Armenian activism, we exposed Wexler. Wexler was forced to leave office in disgrace with scandals.
The Turkish American Lobby grew strong in the early 2000s. They overtook the Greek American Lobby with congressional power and big money in their Turkish Caucus. I attended a $1,000 dollar Turkish Conference to spy on Turkish activity. At the conference, the Turks had the CEO of Lockheed Martin, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Oil CEOS, etc. They all spoke in favor of Turkey. Turkey bought huge amounts of weapons and was engaging in an oil pipeline from the Azerbaijan to Turkey bypassing Armenia. The Deep State targeted Karamanlis when he signed the Burgas-Alexandropoulis pipeline with Russia’s Putin. The money spent and influence in DC by Turkey was huge. The Greek American Lobby was weak in the early 2000s. The Turkish strength bypassed the Greek American Caucus by 2011.
What helped Greece is how Erdogan turned against the USA and Europe since 2011-3 when they funded and armed ISIS. Erdogan was helping Islamic jihadists in Egypt, Libya, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Hamas, etc. Turkey had the Neo Ottomanist aim in the early 2000s. They were competing to be leaders of the Islamic World again, not Saudi Arabia.
During my Washington DC years, I raised the alarm about Erdogan as early as 2007-08 to the Greek Embassy Political Attaché and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They brushed me off saying Erdogan is a good man. Yeah right. In 2008, Erdogan was pressuring Washington DC and YouTube to give names of American citizens creating anti-Turkish, anti-Mustafa Kemal YouTube videos for prison time. In Turkey, people go to jail for insulting Turkey, Turkish government, Mustafa Kemal, etc. Turkey has no Free Speech. I contacted Ex-Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen to write a letter to the Turks that the USA has Free Speech. She said no names will give to Turkey. Who did this? Not Manatos, Philip Christopher, AHEPA, etc.?
In 2017, I wrote an appeal article to stop the Annan Plan 2.0 Sham Cyprus Talks. The Greek American Democrat Establishment Elite were willing to sell out Cyprus to the Turks like they did in 2018-2019 on the Skopian name issue. SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras was rushing to sell out Cyprus to the Turks for a good price. Where were AHI, AHEPA, and HALC to stop it before it began? Once I wrote this appeal, Lobby for Cyprus in the UK strongly denounced the sham Cyprus Talks. HALC was forced to go against these sham talks because I influenced Lobby for Cyprus to speak out! The sham talks fell apart.
What about 2004’s Annan Plan? The Greek American Establishment Democrat Elite were rushing to sell out Cyprus to Turkey. They were all silent in 2018 and 2019 when the person they put in power in Greece, Alexi Tsipras, sold out Greece on the Skopian name issue.
Do these elites ready work on the issues or are they using it for enrichment?
Who is controlling them behind the scenes in DC? The same Washington DC Deep State waging an illegal coup to overthrow President Trump?
The Democrats had the power of the House, Senate, and Presidency from 2008-2010. Was anything done against Turkey. NOTHING! Pelosi, Biden, Hilary Clinton, Obama became great friends with Erdogan.
Didn’t the Democrats and Turkey arm ISIS in Syria to kill Syria’s Greek Orthodox Christians? Syria holds a huge Antiochian Greek origin population in that nation. Again silence by the same Greek American Establishment Elite, until activism reached critical mass that they were forced to say statements. Of course, their Democrat buddies (Obama, Clinton, Biden) armed ISIS.
The record of no results shows itself.
What has the Greek American Democrat Establishment Elite accomplished in Washington DC?
These elites were busy planning conferences, awards dinners, etc. to show off. It was a façade to show hard working Greek Americans to raise money. Where did this money go towards? Salaries, lavish trips/hotels across Greece, Cyprus, and USA?
Why do they exclude Republican Congressmen and Senators in their conferences, and award dinners? Not one Republican Congressman included in this virtual conference?
In Washington DC, I noticed how the Greek American Lobby never reached out to the Republicans. With my lobby effort, I reached out and created good support for Greece and Cyprus from Republican Congressmen/Senators. Manatos focuses on his Democrat contacts. PSEKA does the same. AHEPA has turned into some Rotary Club struggling to raise its profile.
All talk, and no Action.
A great person and master political organizer is Aram Hamparian of the Armenian National Committee of America. Aram is Director of the whole Armenian Grassroots lobby effort in DC and the USA. His work in DC led to the passage of the Armenian, Greek, and Assyrian Genocide Resolution against Turkey. Where is our Greek ‘Aram Hamparian’? We have them, but these establishment figures pushed out the good Greek American political organizers from DC over the years.
It is time to drain the Greek American Establishment Democrat Washington DC Swamp that polluted the image of Greece/Cyprus for decades.
Alex Aliferis has worked in Washington D.C. on issues linked to Greece, and Cyprus