Is Obligatory Military Service Soon Over?
Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit proposed that Greek and Turkish fighter jets should stop armed flights over the Aegean Sea, to defuse military tension that led to a fatal collision last year. Buyukanit said Turkey was prepared to disarm its jets flying over the Aegean. "I cannot understand why our aircraft have to be armed," he said. "We are not enemies." (Click here for the rest)
And on Greek television I heard a reporter say that a Turkish General told him, while visiting Mustafa Kemal's childhood home in Thessaloniki, that "he does not see Greece as an enemy, and enmity is only there to serve the Americans" , sounds like something that the Communists in Greece have been saying in Greece for ages, and makes me wonder if the reporter made up the quote. In any case, Turks are traditionally duplicitous, whenever they are most warm and most chummy about how one is not their enemy, is when traditionally they are most ready to strike. Remember the old Oriental adage "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"
My fear is that the political establishment in Greece may use these Turkish gestures as an excuse to do away with obligatory military service in Greece altogether. From the time when military service was a severe three year stint during the Aprilist-era long ago, its now been reduced to some four months of active duty. After all, the other normal EU countries have no obligatory military service at all, and those are the real masters of this day and age.