Monday, November 15, 2004

The Macedonian Issue: Sample Letter To Be Used For Your Communications To George W. Bush

The following is a sample letter than can be used by Greeks and philhellenes that hold American citizenship to communicate the Macedonian issue to George W. Bush, courtesy of Hellenic News of America




BY FAX: 1-202-456-2461
The Honorable
President George W. Bush
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

We are appalled that the first action by our government after the November elections and shortly before the plebiscite in FYROM, was to recognize FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) as the "Republic of Macedonia". The tactic and the timing leave us with similar feelings as the Bin Laden tapes three days before our November elections.

We urge you, Mr. President, in the best interests of the United States to: (i) reconsider this misinformed and ill-advised policy; (ii) instruct the State Department to withdraw recognition of FYROM as Macedonia and, (iii) encourage FYROM to continue its diplomatic dialogue with Greece on the name issue in line with UN and EU policy.

This action sends the wrong signal to the world, especially in the present era of global terrorism. We consider it to be a blatant stab in the back of our faithful and trusted ally, Greece, one of only a handful such nations that, over the years, have stood shoulder to shoulder with the US fighting to preserve shared values of freedom, democracy, the dignity of human life and peace.

Further, it is an un-American epilogue to President Truman's efforts to save Greek Macedonia from the communist menace of the time, only to have the present US government recognize as legitimate FYROM's stolen identity (i.e., the name Macedonia and Macedonian heritage that goes with it) that is not ours to grant nor is it FYROM's to have. In addition it sends the wrong message to Greece that will most certainly be construed as dismissive of her sensitivities and concerns in the region.

In announcing the recognition of FYROM as "Macedonia", your administration is thumbing its nose at Greece and the Greek American community. The administration is in effect disregarding the approximately 1,500,000 Americans of Hellenic descent as a non-entity in the formulation of U.S. policy since we are not consulted on decisions that impact Greece and our Hellenic Macedonian heritage.

We urge you to reverse this contemptible policy and refrain from similar double standard policies that have raised anti-Americanism to unprecedented levels and have multiplied the number of fanatics who seek to harm Americans and destroy our sacred way of life.


BY FAX: 1-202-456-2461-White House Fax to Bush

Cc: Vice President Richard B. Cheney Fax: 202-456-2461
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell Fax: 202-261-8577
Congressman Marc Souder Fax: Fax: (260) 424-4042
Chairman of Intelligence Foreign Committee Fax: 202-224-4774, Tel:
Senator Richard Lugar Fax: 202-2280360, Tel: 202-224-4814
Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow Fax: (202) 622-6415
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld 703-697-9080
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Lee Armitage (202) 647-6047
Chief of Staff Andrew Card Fax: 202-456-2461
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice Fax: 202-456-2461
Senior Advisor to the President Karl Rove 202-456-2461
Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman 202-647-4780

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